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Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services

Mission: The mission of the Community Food Warehouse is to provide supplemental food to those who are hungry and to raise awareness of hunger throughout Mercer County. ​

Results: 1. In 2017, the CFWMC distributed over 1.3 million pounds of food to those in need. 2. We have distributed a cumulative total of over 30 million pounds of food in our 35 years. 3. We, along with our agencies, rely heavily on volunteers. Some of our agencies are entirely run by unpaid, volunteer staff. Last year, volunteers contributed 5,510 hours right here at the CFWMC, which is the equivalent of over $131,000 in paid time. 4. We are working hard to provide more fresh produce to our clients- our produce program, Harvest Helpings, provided over 130,000 pounds of fresh produce to those in need, in 2017. 5. Our BackPack Program provides weekend meals to 900 elementary-aged children across Mercer County, throughout the school year. We, along with our agencies, rely heavily on volunteers. Some of our agencies are entirely run by unpaid, volunteer staff. Last year, volunteers contributed 5,510 hours right here at the CFWMC, which is the equivalent of over $131,000 in paid time. 6. 41% (548,345 lbs.) of the food we provided to clients in 2017 was purchased using financial gifts from our spring campaign, our holiday campaign, our Annual Race to End Hunger, Empty Bowls and other donations from individuals, social organizations, and local companies. 34% (446,655 lbs.) of the food came directly from our store donation program, Feeding America, and food drives. 25% (340,609 lbs.) of the food we distributed in 2017 came from government funding!

Target demographics: feed the hungry

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 8000 individuals, each month

Geographic areas served: Mercer County, Pennsylvania

Programs: The Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County (CFWMC) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization and member of Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks. We are the primary source of supplemental food assistance in Mercer County. The Warehouse does not supply food directly to clients, but solicits local grocers, retailers, and food manufacturers for affordable/ low-cost food products and warehouses them for distribution to our 34 member agencies. Through our agencies, we distribute food to 4,200 households across Mercer County. Our agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, abuse and homeless shelters, local churches, after-school programs, low -income day care centers, youth centers, and mental health treatment centers.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Michael J.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the best and most well run charitable organizations I have ever been involved with.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

An exceptionally well-organized group that takes to heart its mission statement of feeding the hungry. The CFW actually goes further by providing programs and assistance to those in the community beyond providing food and it has been an honor to work with such fine people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization helps so many residents of Mercer County. Without the dedicated staff and volunteers we would not be able to service the people who need the help.
I'm proud to say I am a board member.

Gino N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the food warehouse for the last 12 years, because what we do means so much to the community. I am honored to have been asked to participate on the board and help the warehouse grow. Its a great organization filled with wonderful people, who I am proud to serve with!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CFW is a great organization to be a part of, we do so much for our local community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For the past several years I have served as a board member for the CFW. This has provided me the opportunity to witness firsthand the excellent work of the staff as well as the volunteers who help feed the hungry in our community. Before my appointment to the board, I was not aware of the size of the need in our community and the size of the operation required to meet that need. This organization does an outstanding job matching the resources available to feed the hungry with the people who are the hungriest...And doing it in an upbeat and caring way.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The dedicated staff and volunteers of this organization work tirelessly to make sure that food is obtained, properly stored and distributed to people in need living and working in this community.

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1 gmartino

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Warehouse for the past 9 years as a volunteer and board member. I can't say enough positive things about this outstanding nonprofit. With only 6.5 employees and many volunteers, they provide , through 34 member agencies, food for 4,000 households a month in Mercer County. I know of no other local agency that can claim this kind of impact on so many people. They are truly deserving of a top rating and could benefit greatly from the media package.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a board member and frequent volunteer, I cannot say enough about this quality organization. They are wise stewards of their money, preferring to give to their clients rather than padding their salaries. There are only enough employees to accomplish what they need to do instead of being top heavy as many organizations are. A great deal of work is done by volunteers, such as the job of receptionist and many computer tasks. They truly deserve the designation of top non-profit.

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Writer

Board Member

Rating: 5

CFWMC is amazing for the number of people they touch through the various programs they sponsor; food distribution to food pantries, backpack for children, military share, senior program as well as meal programs that serves the body and the social needs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Mercer County Food Warehouse for 7 years. Their main focus is how to get food to those who are hungry. Open to new ideas they embrace all that will accomplish this goal. Beautiful & caring organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Inadequate access to wholesome and nutritional food is a major problem in our county.The Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County has a dedicated staff and the support of the community whose aim is to meet this most basic human need. The efforts of CFWMC reach most importantly to those most in need, including low income, elderly, school children and military families. Without CFWMC these individuals in particular would experience a greatly reduced quality of life relating to health, education and dignity.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Very proud to be a part of this organization, where every volunteer has a caring heart for the community to bring an end to hunger!

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been supporters of the the Community Food Warehouse for several years. Their mission is an important one. I now volunteer at the Warehouse and it has been, and continues to be, a wonderful experience as well as an eye-opening one. The amount of work that is done by the staff and volunteers is inspiring. The staff lives their mission. They use every resource wisely and conscientiously.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County is a wonderful place to do volunteer work. The staff is very knowledgeable of the many programs that truly help the community and those in need. Everyone there is very easy to work with, and they are very caring to students, seniors, military, and homeless within the programs.

Susan Doane F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a new board member, I am proud of this organization. The staff is so dedicated to helping the people of Mercer County. They work tirelessly to learn, develop, educate, to make this a top notch organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County really cares about helping the community and its residents in need. There are so many programs available to those who need help - from school students, to seniors and the homeless. As an agency that received food to distribute at our food pantry and a board member,we find CFWMC very easy to work with and caring.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit, they help so many people in the community. The staff is always ontop of everything that they do. I would recommend them to anyone that wants to volunteer or donate money towards the cause to raise awareness of hunger. 5 stars is not enough to say how much they do and how much they mean to the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board for several years now and have also volunteered on a lot of projects or just events that they hold for the community and I would not be on this board if I did not feel passionately about what the cause was and the people that run the Community Food Warehouse in Mercer County. I am also proud to call them my friends. They do an awesome job and the community sees that and they care so much about the people that they support to provide food.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer, as a committee member, for the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County's Race to End Hunger 5k /Fun Walk event . I can not think of a better organization to to invest my time. The dedication to their mission is evident in every decision the race committee makes. That is not by accident but because of the unwavering leadership of the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.

Sincerely,
Carmen J. Aiello II
VP Marketing VisistMercerCountyPA

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Community Food Warehouse is essential to the well being of so many people in our community. It is run by very caring and qualified people. They tirelessly work to raise money with many fund raisers and are passionate about making sure the community is made aware of the needs of so many of the hungry children and adults in our area. I volunteer with some of their fund raisers and witness their relentless effort to make this nonprofit a success.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors and have been truly been blessed by being a part of such an amazing organization. The leadership and staff have endless compassion and never lose sight of our mission.

Susan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff and volunteers of the CFW are truly second to none. They have the passion and heart for what they are doing to help the people of Mercer County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with many of the agencies in our county that serve the needy. Community Food Warehouse is a hands on agency that supports many other agencies efforts to keep nutritous food in every household in need. Their staff and organization are extremely well organized and operationally effecient. John O'Malley

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization on a number occasions and all the staff is wonderful and truly cares about what they are doing and the services they offer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I TOOK PART IN A MILITARY SHARE PROGRAM AND PACKED 72 BOXES OF FOOD FOR LOCAL MILITARY FAMILIES. THEY ARE A REAL ASSET TO MERCER COUNTY FAMILIES

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to the Community Food Warehouse when it's Backpack Program was started in the school district where I teach. This amazing nonprofit does so much for our county - from providing food to member agencies to raising awareness about how prevalent hunger is not only in our area, but nationally. The Community Food Warehouse is a crucial entity in our community and a beacon of hope for many people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for the CFW. My friends and I volunteer regularly and help with events. I see the constant dedication and love that this nonprofit organization does on a daily basis to help individuals in our community. The workers and volunteers are some of the sweetest people I have ever met. We love to see that our volunteering goes a long way. The Community Food Warehouse helps with Senior food boxes, the backpack program and lots more!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County dedicates a primary focus on nutritional support for the population it serves while continually striving to enhance services. Additionally, many dedicated individuals volunteer their time and talent to meet needs as they arise. I am proud to be a part of such a hard-working group of people!

Joan M. Humphrey, DNP, FNP, MPH, RN

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this organization for several years, as a volunteer working on the floor as well as a board member and I cannot say enough good things about the staff and their genuine heartfelt passion for their role and mission in serving others with such selflessness. It is sad to see the need remain in that we still have so many people faced with hunger but it's rewarding to know organizations like the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County exist to support that need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a privilege to be associated with this organization. Our community is truly blessed to have two special women that put their hearts and souls into their work; that work being a commitment to help feed the needy in our community. Yes, we have wonderful volunteers and staff who are instrumental in our success and a very supportive board of directors but their sincere dedication is the inspiration that keeps us all motivated and proud to serve.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Community Food Warehouse, where do I start? Mercer County is fortunate or should I say blessed to have two women leading the battle to fight hunger in Mercer County. Lori Weston and Mimi Prada are an awesome twosome. They are dedicated. They are innovated. They are respected. Respect earned in their day to day operations, respect for their diligence to manage every dollar, respect for their kindness, ethics, empathy and genuine concern for others and they are fun to be around. Believe me, they embrace every opportunity to tell their story; that of our County's needy, our unemployed, underemployed, children, seniors, families who are hungry. Through their 33 member agencies food is distributed throughout our county. CFW has initiated programs to meet the various needs in our community. Both Lori, Mimi and their staff schedule events, food drives and fundraisers. Empty Bowl and the Hunger Race have been enthusiastically supported by our community. It is not an overstatement to say CFW has made the difference in so many lives in Mercer County. God bless these ladies and staff for their work. It is truly a labor of love. They have made my community a better place and I say that with great pride and affection.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Community Food Warehouse serves over 4,200 families in Mercer County through its array of programs. It is even piloting a fresh milk program for those in need. It is a cornerstone in our community and strives to become better each day. It has a great staff and its following of volunteers grows more and more every year!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Community Food Warehouse has a broad and far reaching vision to address the significant food insecurity needs in Mercer County. Traditional food programs are being supplemented with exciting new programs that include produce and dairy products. The mission of the CFW includes food distribution to 34 food pantries, helping over 800 children with the Back Pack Food Program, and distributing food to food insecure seniors. And never resting on what they have done, the CFW is always looking for new needs, new ways to help, and new resourcing to meet the needs. The CFW is an important part of the Mercer County community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County has always been a positive and uplifting. They have the most dedicated and caring staff I have ever had the pleasure of working with. When I started volunteering with them I was amazed at the number of people in our community that benefit from this organization. I don't know what the many children and adults who depend on them for their meals would be doing. This is a wonderful organization and we are extremely lucky to have such a wonderful organization within Mercer County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a lot of experience working with charities and nonprofits and the Community Food Warehouse far exceeds the rest! The organizational skills matched with the care and kindness of all staff members is insurmountable. Then when you think of how many people they help on a day to day basis it can bring a tear to your eye. Thank you CFW for everything that you do for our community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the greatest operations I have ever witnessed!! The entire team has their complete heart and soul in to their efforts to make our community a better place. They lead by example. Our community is certainly a better place because of the CFW and their team!

rmiller10059

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a board member and volunteer for many years with CFW. What engages us is the pure mission of those who run this organization. They are focused on making sure that no child or family member goes to sleep feeling hungry. This organization serves over 8000 people in our community. Countless hours are spent in the evenings and weekends raising funds for this community including, Empty Bowls, Run to End Hunger and Each One Feed One.

When food is donated, they have pools of volunteers from different organizations willing to come and separate and organize all of it. More volunteers arrive once a week for the backpack program which provides much needed nourishment to children over the weekend when the lunch program is not readily available.

They look for creative ways to bring this need to the community and I could not be prouder working with this organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been associated with CFW for over 7 years now working as a Board Member. The care and sincerity of the staff to leave no stone unturned to provide much needed nourishment is heartwarming. They get so excited when they have donations and grants applied to their effort. The food goes to weekend Backpack Programs to supply food to children in need. The elderly can apply for a monthly food donation as well. The CFW uses their creativity for community projects and fund raisers. You would think this could burn them out but with every small victory they become more energized in their mission to give food to the hungry. Blessings to CFW.

Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to volunteer with the Community Warehouse of Mercer County. I am impressed with the management,staff and volunteers. It is obvious that they are all dedicated and very caring and concerned for their fellow citizens. They show it in so many ways, from supplying the many food pantries in Mercer County to community education,of the young school children to the senior folks. They have my thanks and admiration. May God continue to bless them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Mercer County Community Food Warehouse from time to time as a volunteer. I have found those involved to have a genuine calling to help those in need. Numerous events and actions involve the entire community. The Community Food Warehouse is not only concerned with feeding our community where needed but also in reaching out by teaching and being part of the community. I am greatful to have this organization in Mercer County!!!

1 Becky98

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County, I am amazed at all they do to feed the people in need. The staff is friendly and always ready to lend a helping hand when needed. It is a privilege to volunteer here and see everyone work together for a needy cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Community Food Warehouse serves thousands of needy people by providing fresh and packaged food to food banks throughout our county. It also provides free boxes of food every month to senior citizens and sponsors a backpack program to provide weekend meals to elementary school children in low income households. I know that my volunteer time and my financial contributions are directly helping hungry people.