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1982

Food Bank opens as Erie Community Food Bank in the Curtze Warehouse.

Erie Community Food Bank distributes 445,000 pounds of food to 40 agencies in the City of Erie.

Sister Augusta Hamel, OSB is named director of Erie Community Food Bank.

1982

1983

Erie Community Food Bank moved to 1703 Ash Street to accommodate the increase of food donations.

Erie Community Food Bank becomes a member of America’s Second Harvest along with 39 other food banks across the United States.

Erie Community Food Bank increases its service area to serve those in need outside of Erie County.

1983

1984

Computers are installed to handle inventory and agency orders.

Freezer space is expanded to accommodate storage of eight truckloads of food.

1984

1985

A furnace is installed to heat the office area.

The Food Bank is recognized by Second Harvest National Food Bank Network as a national leader in food banking for computerized record keeping and a well equipped facility.

1985

1986

A grant from the Erie Community Foundation allows the Food Bank to being a seven month long hunger study in Erie County.

1986

1987

Results are released from the 1986 Hunger Study.

37,861 unduplicated persons from 15,471 unduplicated households in Erie County were served by emergency pantries and on-site meal programs.

1987

1988

A bulk packaging machine was donated by the Erie Community Foundation to repackage thousand pound boxes of pasta and dry cereal into family-sized containers.

1988

1989

The Food Bank receives a grant, allowing it to obtain 10,000 additional square feet of space in the warehouse to construct a reclamation center to store, sort and clean donated products.

Erie Community Food Bank hosted the first annual Bread Box Awards to recognize individuals and groups that organized food drives and fundraisers to benefit the food bank.

1989

1990

Erie Community Food Bank changes its name to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania in order to better represent its service area.

1990

1991

Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA wins the Excellence Award from Second Harvest National Food Bank Network in recognition for outstanding accomplishments in Food Banking.

1991

1992

The Food Bank observes 10 years of service.

1992

1993

Suzanne Cascio succeeds Sister Augusta Hamel and is named the executive director of Second Harvest.

1993

1994

Results are released from the most comprehensive hunger study ever completed on emergency feeding programs.

The study reveals that 10.4% of the population rely on food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other emergency feeding programs served by the Second Harvest Network.

1994

1995

General Telephone & Electric Corporation begins the Telephone Directory Recycling Project.

The Food Bank coordinates recycling of phone books in return for a $6,000 donation from GTE.

1995

1996

Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA receives a grant from Nabisco Model Food Bank Award Program to produce a cookbook.

For every copy sold, one is donated to someone receiving food from a food pantry.

“A Taste of Erie,” a food sampling event, is held to demonstrate recipes from the cookbook.

1996

2000

In partnership with Emmaus Ministries in Erie, Second Harvest opened the first Kids Café program in northwest Pennsylvania.

2000

2001

Karen Seggi succeeded Suzane Cascio as executive director of Second Harvest.

2001

2002

Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA recognizes 20 years of serving those in need.

2002

2006

Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA conducts a study to determine the feasibility of purchasing a new building.

The Food Bank begins its yearly partnership with Times Old Newsies to deliver 2,400 holiday boxes of food in the month of December.

2006

2007

The Food Bank becomes the lead agency for State Food Purchase and TEFAP Programs in Forest County.

Over 20 new agencies become members of Second Harvest Food Bank.

Second Harvest celebrates 25 years of service.

2007

2008

Second Harvest moves to 1507 Grimm Drive, doubling the warehouse capacity and significantly increasing cooler and freezer space.

The Food Bank purchases it’s first semi truck.

The first Produce Express Mobile Delivery is conducted in  Warren, PA.

2008

2010

The Food Bank becomes the lead agency for State Food Purchase and TEFAP Programs in Clarion County.

2010

2011

The Food Bank becomes the lead agency for State Food Purchase and TEFAP Programs in Jefferson County.

The BackPack Program is launched.

2011

2014

Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA purchases three new semi trucks to better its ability to deliver to member agencies.

2014

2015

Second Harvest launches new logo and website.

The BackPack Program is expanded to feed extra students over Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks.

2015

2016

Second Harvest announces Fill a Glass with Hope Program launch.

Military Share Program is launched to provide food for families of active military members and veterans.

2016

2017

Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA commemorates 35 years of filling empty plates.

The Food Bank conducts a volunteer area expansion project.

Second Harvest receives Charity Navigator’s 4-Star Charity Ranking for the 10th time.

2017
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