Who are we?
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania is the largest nonprofit food distribution organization in northwest Pennsylvania and the only food bank in the region. Second Harvest solicits, receives, inventories, stores and distributes millions of pounds of grocery products each year to hundreds of nonprofit member agencies that directly serve people facing hard times in 11 counties.
Member agencies that receive food from Second Harvest either have emergency food or non-emergency food programs. Emergency member agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, Produce Express mobile food pantries, BackPack Program sites, Kids Cafes, Summer Food Service Program sites and emergency shelters.
Other member agencies are nonprofit organizations that provide social services to low-income people and also serve snacks or meals to their clients. Examples include child care centers, group homes and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.
Recipients, who receive food free of charge, include unemployed and underemployed workers, the homeless, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, families in crisis situations and children. A total of 167,700 unduplicated individuals receive food from Second Harvest each year. This number represents one in four people in northwest Pennsylvania.