We are responding to the COVID-19 need. You can help.

As our region’s leading hunger-relief organization, we are preparing to provide emergency food to a growing number of our neighbors.

Click here to make a donation and help us provide for those that need it most.

Click here if you are intersted in organizing an online food drive or fundraiser with your church, school, business or organization.

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4/2/20 – 11:30 am – UPDATED List of Agency Cancellations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these partner agencies have temporarily suspended services. If you are affected by these cancellations and in need of food, please call the Food Line phone number at (814) 459-3663 x 117. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  1. Kane Area Community Center, Kane
  2. Knox Food Pantry, Knox
  3. JFK Kid’s Café, Erie
  4. St. Patrick’s, Franklin (cancelling regular distribution but keeping food delivery for emergency calls)
  5. St. Elizabeth of Hungary, JIT-Smethport- cancelling distribution on April 14th
  6. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Erie
  7. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Erie – Pantry and Soup Kitchen
  8. Salvation Army, Bradford (except they will be doing a drive-thru distribution for CSFP.
  9. Gateway Tower Apartments/DuBois is closed (CSFP)
  10. Gray Foundation/DuBois closed
  11. Cross Town Food Pantry in Punxsutawney

 

 

 

 

4/1/20 – 10:30am – UPDATED List of Agency Cancellations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these partner agencies have temporarily suspended services. If you are affected by these cancellations and in need of food, please call the Food Line phone number at (814) 459-3663 x 117. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  1. Kane Area Community Center
  2. Knox Food Pantry
  3. JFK Kid’s Café
  4. JFK CSFP
  5. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church
  6. St. Patrick’s Church in Franklin (cancelling regular distribution but keeping food delivery for emergency calls)
  7. St. Elizabeth of Hungary, JIT-Smethport- cancelling distribution on April 14th
  8. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Erie – Pantry and Soup Kitchen

3/27/20 – 9:30am – UPDATED List of Agency Cancellations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these partner agencies have temporarily suspended services. If you are affected by these cancellations and in need of food, please call the Food Line phone number at (814) 459-3663 x 117. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Bethany Outreach-will re-open April 1st
  • Kane Area Community Center
  • Knox Food Pantry
  • JFK Kid’s Café
  • JFK CSFP
  • St. Patrick’s (cancelling regular distribution but keeping food delivery for emergency calls)
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary, JIT-Smethport- cancelling distribution on April 14th
  • St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 
  • All YMCA’S in Erie County
  • All Women’s Care locations, except for the Union City office
  • Salvation Army Bradford
  • Early Connections
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry

 

3/25/20 – 2pm – UPDATED List of Produce Express Cancellations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Produce Express distributions have been canceled. If you are affected by these cancellations and in need of food, please call the Food Line phone number at (814) 459-3663 x 117. A representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • March 26: Produce Express at Edison Elementary School, 1921 East Lake Road, Erie
  • March 31: Military Share in Venango County at the Franklin VFW, 411 Ninth Street, Franklin
  • April 2: Produce Express at McKinley Elementary School, 933 East 22nd St., Erie
  •  April 4: Produce Express at Tidioute Fire Hall, 228 Main Street, Tidioute
  • April 9: Produce Express at East Middle School, 1001 Atkins Street, Erie
  • April 29: Produce Express at the Salvation Army in Corry, 127 West Washington Street, Corry
  • April 30: Military Share in Crawford County at the Meadville VFW, 1045 South Morgan Street, Meadville

3/25/20 – 11am – UPDATED List of Agency Cancellations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these partner agencies have temporarily suspended services. If you are affected by these cancellations and in need of food, please call the Food Line phone number at (814) 459-3663 x 117. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Bethany Outreach-will re-open April 1st
  • Kane Area Community Center
  • Knox Food Pantry
  • JFK Kid’s Café
  • JFK CSFP
  • St. Patrick’s (cancelling regular distribution but keeping food delivery for emergency calls)
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary, JIT-Smethport- cancelling distribution on April 14th
  • St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 
  • All YMCA’S in Erie County
  • All Women’s Care locations, except for the Union City office
  • Salvation Army Bradford
  • Early Connections

3/24/20 – 3pm – Second Harvest COVID- 19 FAQ’s

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania is continuing our efforts to serve those in need within our 11 county service area. We are supporting our member agencies with changes in distribution methods that follow safety protocols suggested by the Erie County Health Department and the CDC to mitigate the risk of the spread of illness. Second Harvest is continuing to monitor the situation closely and taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and product remains safe and that our distributions and volunteer activities can continue.

Below, are answers to questions regarding COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) and Second Harvest.

1. Is Second Harvest still open and continuing its daily operations?

Yes, we are still open and continuing our operations to help feed those in need.

2. Is Second Harvest closing any pantries or canceling food distributions due to COVID-19?

Yes, Agencies and distributions are being canceled across our 11 counties. Check this page as well as our social media accounts daily for an updated list of closures and cancellations.

3. Is Second Harvest providing assistance to individuals affected by the  COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, according to Feeding America’s most recent Map the Meal Gap study shows that more than 91,000 individuals living in northwest Pennsylvania are food insecure. Due to the current situation involving COVID-19, Second Harvest expects to see an increased need throughout the region. In order to fulfill this increased need for food assistance, Second Harvest will pack and distribute Emergency Relief Food Boxes through specific partners throughout our 11-county service area.

4. What is Second Harvest doing to reduce contact and/or the spread COVID-19?

Second Harvest is committed to the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors. We are closely monitoring announcements from the Erie County Health Department and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) to ensure that we are following their recommended guidelines. We are implementing the following steps to help reduce contact and/or spread of COVID-19 at our facility.

  • Providing gloves to all volunteers handling food at our warehouses
  • Making hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and disinfecting spray available throughout our office and warehouse
  • Increasing the visibility and importance of hand washing in the restrooms and throughout the facility
  • Recommending people avoid touching their face as much as possible
  • Recommending people practice social distancing by staying 6 feet apart from each other
  • Recommending staff, clients, volunteers and donors to stay away from work, school or other people if they become sick

5. Can I donate Food as Part of a Food Drive to Second Harvest During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

No, At this time we are not accepting any food donations. If you would like to give an online monetary donation or host an online food drive vist https://nwpafoodbank.networkforgood.com/projects/96080-emergency-food-relief-boxes-covid-19 or https://nwpafoodbank.fenly.org/ for more information on how you can help.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. This page will be updated as new information is received and we will adjust towards the best interest of all we serve, and those that serve with us.

3/24/20 – 11am – List of Produce Express Distribution Cancelations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Produce Express distributions have been canceled. If you are affected by these cancellations and in need of food, please call the Food Line phone number at (814) 459-3663 x 117. A representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • 3/25/20 Edison Produce Express distribution
  • 3/31/20 Franklin Military Share Produce Express distribution
  • 4/2/20 McKinley Produce Express distribution
  • 4/4/20 Tidioute Produce Express distribution

3/24/20 – 9am – UPDATED List of Agency Cancellations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these partner agencies have temporarily suspended services. If you are affected by these cancellations and in need of food, please call the Food Line phone number at (814) 459-3663 x 117. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Bethany Outreach will re-open on April 1st.
  • Kane Area Community Center
  • Knox Food Pantry
  • JFK Kid’s Café
  • JFK CSFP
  • St. Patrick’s – Franklin (canceling regular distribution but keeping food delivery for emergency calls)
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary, JIT-Smethport- canceling distribution on April 14th
  • New- St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church will be having their last distribution on March 24th
  • Women’s Care offices in Erie County, except for the Women’s Care Food Pantry in Union City

 

3/17/20 – 3pm – A Message from Second Harvest CEO Karen Seggi Regarding its COVID-19 Response

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania is working to maintain a high level of food relief service across our 11 county network. As we do this, our main priority is to employ steps that keep our clients, volunteers, donors and staff safe from the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

A COVID-19 planning committee consisting of leadership from across the Second Harvest organization meets daily to develop action plans to make progress in each department. Second Harvest is committed to sharing those efforts and will continue to provide information regarding all areas of the organization through a variety of communication channels including website updates, email correspondence, social media posts and media releases.

Second Harvest continues to rely on information gathered from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health for recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Daily conference calls are being held with Feeding Pennsylvania, Hunger Free Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and other government officials to share situation updates. We also are working through our network of Feeding America colleagues from 200 food banks across the country to stay on top of developments and measures at the national level.

Based on the guidance we continue to receive, and an abundance of caution, Second Harvest is taking actions on the following items for the foreseeable future:

Clients / Community Members in Need of Food

  • Second Harvest understands that there are currently 91,490 individuals in the 11 counties of northwest Pennsylvania – of which, 28,340 are children under the age of 18 – who are considered food insecure. Of those individuals, 39,000 reside in Erie County. We anticipate this number to rise as the COVID-19 crisis deepens. If you or someone you know is in need of food, we encourage you to please use the agency locator online at nwpafoodbank.org/need-help/agency-locator/ or call our food line at 814 459 3663 x 117.

Programs and Community Partnerships – Food Pantries / Soup Kitchens / Homeless Shelters

  • Agencies are being encouraged to order additional food to provide to their clients at their distributions.
  • Safety communications are being shared across our member agencies and programs with distribution recommendations to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Produce Express Mobile Food Distributions / Military Share – a Produce Express Program Mobile Food Distributions

  • Mobile Food Pantry distributions are being modified to closely follow social distancing recommendations offered by the CDC. In some instances, this may lead to the temporary suspension of a mobile distribution. Second Harvest continues to work on contingencies for those individuals affected by the temporary halting of a local food distribution.
  • Cancellations will be shared online at nwpafoodbank.org/COVID-19.

Child Feeding Programs – Including the BackPack Program and School Pantry Program

  • The Second Harvest program manager and coordinator are working with school districts in our service area to continue the BackPack and School Pantry programs while schools are no longer in session.

 Senior Box Program

  • Senior boxes continue to be delivered to recipients.

 Volunteer Operations

  • At this time, a small number of volunteers are needed to help with specific projects.
  • Volunteer operations are being modified to ensure safe social distancing. The emphasis on extra health and safety measures requires limiting the number of volunteers per shift as well as instituting new project guidelines, including the use of disposable protective gloves.

 Community Need / Donors / Events

  • Second Harvest is discouraging the community from conducting food drives. Instead, donors are being asked to conduct virtual food drives or send a monetary contribution to keep our shelves filled in the next couple of weeks.
  • The Empty Bowls fundraiser, scheduled for March 28th, is postponed until a later date to be determined.

Second Harvest asks for continued community support as we amplify our efforts in northwest Pennsylvania. We play a central and vital role in food distribution but require the assistance of donors and volunteers to provide these services. We are grateful for the community support that is received.