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Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: Fighting hunger, improving lives, strengthening communities.

Results: We rank as one of the top food banks in the nation for operational performance. In 2008, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributed 15.7 million pounds of food, valued at $26.5 million.

Target demographics: Children, adults, seniors, families. Anyone struggling with hunger and needing food assistance.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 185,000

Geographic areas served: 27 counties covering 40% of Pennsylvania - from the Maryland border to the New York border.

Programs: During fy2015, central pennsylvania food bank once again achieved charity navigator's 4-star rating, and was also named on its nationwide "10 top-notch charities" list. We distributed over 40 million pounds of food, equivalent to over 33 million meals, and served over 60,000 people each week across central pennsylvania. We also recognized positive cash flows from operating activities of $203,649, and our program expenses equaled 97% of our total expenses. The net deficit reported this year is the result of deliberate program growth, continued investment in our community partners, as well as enhancements to our inventory valuation process - necessary steps towards achieving our bold goal of ending hunger in central pennsylvania by 2025.

central pennsylvania food bank maintains a permanent endowment fund, pursuant to best practices, which is focused on strategic initiatives and the long-term sustainability of the food bank. Since its inception in 2009, the fund has provided over $1. 8 million dollars in funding grants and capital projects that directly increased food distribution in our service territory. Many of these expenditures consist of refrigeration equipment for our agency partners, which greatly increases our ability to distribute fresh food and produce to people in need. Central pennsylvania food bank is committed to providing healthy, nutritious food to those we serve.

central pennsylvania food bank supports and operates many programs that specifically address childhood hunger in central pennsylvania, where 1 in 5 children are at risk of going hungry. During fy2015, the collective efforts of the kids cafe, school breakfast, after-school meals, summer feeding, and backpack programs served over 1. 6 million wholesome and nutritious meals to children in need, which included fruits, vegetables, and fresh milk - vital components to the growth and development of all children.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I enjoy working with the Central PA Food Bank because of their quick and friendly service. I have customers that need to donate their product in a timely manner and the food bank is quick in response. It is a pleasure to work with the people there! Keep up the good work!



Rating: 5

I enjoy donating to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank because of their friendly service and rapid product movement. We donate fresh produce and time is what counts when getting the product from our door to the client. I appeciate the wide network of distribution that is reached by this Organization. I always feel at rest knowing that my product will be making a positive impact at the highest level possible.



Rating: 5

I had no idea that the Central PA Food Bank out of Harrisburg provides food to 27 counties in PA! They are a large and efficient operation - and no wonder - they have to be! I was so impressed with the people, the organization itself and the programs.