In central Pennsylvania, 26% of households receiving food assistance have at least one member who has served, or is currently serving, in the military.
This startling statistic inspired the creation of MilitaryShare, a Fresh Express Program of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods for families. This includes all military branches, prior service, reservist or inactive ready reserve.
“Receiving the food at a local VFW has helped me and my family during tough times.”
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank aims to be a leading provider of services that improve the lives of veterans and their families by providing the highest quality services; and continuing the fight against hunger by providing nutritious, nourishing food. Veterans face life-threatening challenges – many of which are the result of serving in combat – and deserve more help than the government can provide.
For the convenience and privacy of the individuals and families served, MilitaryShare distributions take place on-site at armories, VFW and AMVET locations throughout the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s 27 county service area. There are currently 28 distribution sites in central Pennsylvania serving more than 20,000 families through the program.
Veterans and members of the military help us in our nation’s time of need. It’s critical that we help them in theirs. They fought for our freedom. By providing them with food to feed their families, we are fighting for their future.
While the specific items distributed will vary, each registered family typically receives fresh produce, one quart of fresh milk, one dozen eggs, cheese, and a box of pantry staples such as soup, pasta, sauce, and cereal. When available, meat, fish and poultry products may also be included.
If you are interested in signing up for MilitaryShare, please contact a location closest to you. (Clients must call ahead to pre-register and for distribution schedule.)
Altoona VFW 8685: 814.312.3212
Duncansville Post 8724: 814.207.9495
Clinton County Vet Affairs: 570.893.4339
Mechanicsburg Calvary: 717.682.1012
New Cumberland JFT Recovery: 717.344.4716
New Cumberland Post 974: 717.695.1477
Gratz VFW 2385: 717.453.8767
Rutherford VFW #1213: 717. 329.7393
War Veterans Memorial Field: 717. 769.9671
VFW Post 1754: 717. 315.5509
Lancaster AMVETS Post 19: 717. 286.6208
American Legion Post 36: 570.398.4174
VFW 7863 Leroy O. Buck Post: 570.323.1579
American Legion Post 44: 570.847.1974
New Bloomfield VFW 7463: 717.582.7776
Post 25 Auxiliary: 570.541.5155
American Legion Post 572: 570.971.2758
Veterans Serving Veterans: 814.326.0804
Airville Fire Company: 717.246.1446
Shiloh A.L. Post 79: 717.979.7203
York VET Helping Hands: 717.900.4742
VFW Post 556: 717.542.6462
Learn more about MilitaryShare in action by clicking the links below for recent media coverage.
If you are interested in hosting a MilitaryShare Distribution or would like more information:
- Fill out the form below.
- A staff member will contact you with any additional steps.