6/3/20 – 3:30 pm  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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • HOLY TRINITY FOOD PANTRY AND SOUP KITCHEN IN ERIE
  • JFK KID’S CAFE-ERIE
  • ST. PAUL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ERIE WILL RE-OPEN ON TUESDAY, JUNE 9TH

5/21/20 – 2:00 pm  Thank You Dr. Almeida!

Thank you Dr. Almeida for going the extra mile to help our neighbors in need! https://www.goerie.com/…/erie-eye-doctor-plans-to-run-50-mi…

To donate to Dr. Almeida’s fundraising campaign visit nwpafoodbank.fenly.org/drive/david-almeidas-fundraiser/

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5/21/20 – 8:00 am  Thank You for Giving!

Thank you to everyone who made a donation toward the Warren Gives campaign. Your generosity helps us feed our neighbors in need in Warren County. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Warren County for their prorated match of each donation.

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5/20/20 – 2:00 pm  Let Us Help You Apply For SNAP!

Let us help you apply for SNAP benefits! Call (814) 459-3663 x 118 or email lkessler@nwpafoodbank.org and our SNAP Outreach Coordinator, Linda, will help walk you through your application.

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5/20/20 – 6:00 am  Today is Warren Gives Day!

Today is Warren Gives Day! Visit warrengives.org now through 10 pm tonight to give and The Community Foundation of Warren County will provide a prorated match to your donation. Your gift, added to your neighbors gifts and their neighbors gift allows us to provide food to Warren County residents facing difficult times.

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5/19/20 – 2:00 pm  Call us!

If you or someone you know is in need of food, call our food help-line (814)459-3663 x 117 or toll free 1-800-604-9186 and we will assist you.

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5/18/20 – 2:00 pm  Highmark Virtual Walk For A Healthy Community!

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Highmark Walk will be a virtual walk! A virtual walk is a real walk, on your terms! Now- June 30th you choose how and when you walk (treadmill, park, or around the neighborhood) Visit walkforahealthycommunity.org to learn more & make a donation!

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5/17/20 – 1:00 pm  In Need of Food? Call Us!

If you or someone you know is in need of food, give us a call at (814) 459-3663 x 117 or our toll free number 1-800-604-9186.

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5/15/20 – 1:00 pm  Meet Linda SNAP Outreach Coordinator!

Meet Linda, Second Harvest’s SNAP Outreach Coordinator! If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance and have questions about SNAP benefits contact Linda at (814) 459-3663 x 118 or lkessler@nwpafoodbank.org

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5/15/20 – 8:00 am  Volunteer Spotlight!

We miss our volunteers! We are so grateful for your years of dedication and service to our neighbors in need and can’t wait to have your smiling faces back soon!

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5/14/20 – 10:00 am  Kindness.

Kindness is what holds us together in difficult times.

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5/13/20 – 2:00 pm  Produce Express Policies. 

A quick reminder of the changes made to our no touch, drive-thru Produce Express distributions. Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus,

1. Our staff will only load food items into your trunk, and not inside your vehicle, so please keep your trunk as empty and clean as possible.
2. We encourage as few people inside a vehicle as possible.
3. Everyone inside the vehicle MUST be wearing a mask or face covering during the distribution. If you are not wearing a mask, you will be asked to load your own vehicle.
4. Social distancing, and the overall safety of our staff, volunteers and clients, is paramount during these difficult times.

We thank you in advance for your understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause

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5/13/20 – 10:00 am  Highmark Walk For A Healthy Community Virtual Walk. 

The 2020 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community will be an online only virtual walk and fundraiser. This year’s virtual walk is a real walk, but it’s on your terms! Today through June 30th, you choose how and when you walk (treadmill, park or trail, or around the neighborhood) it’s your choice! Just remember to be safe and still practice social distancing. For more information and to donate visit walkforahealthycommunity.org/whc3/locations/erie.shtml

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5/12/20 – 3:00 pm  Knox Clarion County Distribution to Reopen May 28th. 

The Knox Clarion County Food Distribution at 260 High Point Road Knox, PA 16232 will reopen and hold a distribution on Thursday, May 28th.

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5/12/20 – 8:00 am  A Big Thank You to the Teens of Our Second Harvest Staff!

They have sacrificed their time and have been at the food bank packing boxes with food for those in need. We couldn’t do it without you!

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5/11/20 – 9:30 am  Learn More About Our Backpack Program. 

Our Backpack program provides kids like Ava with nutritious, child-friendly food when other resources, such as school lunches and after-school meals are not available. Please contact Child Nutrition Coordinator Heather Filson (814) 459-3663 X116 with any questions regarding Second Harvest’s Backpack program.

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5/09/20 – 2:00 pm  NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Postponed. 

Throw back to last year’s National Association of Letter Carries Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. This year’s food drive has been postponed due to COIVD-19. A new date has not yet been scheduled. We will update you as the situation changes. As always, thank you for your support!

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5/09/20 – 10:00 am  Host Your Own Virtual Food Drive. 

Visit nwpafoodbank.fenly.org to create your own virtual food drive! Every dollar you donate helps us provide more meals for our hungry neighbors.

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5/08/20 – 5:30 pm  We Can Help You Apply For SNAP Benefits. 

Families all over Pennsylvania are seeing the effects of COVID-19. We encourage those in need of food assistance to contact our SNAP Out Reach Coordinator, Linda Kessler at (814) 459-3663 x118 and she will guide you through your application and answer any questions you may have.

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5/06/20 – 3:30 pm  Thank You Beckwith Institute and UPMC.

Thank you so much to The Beckwith Institute and UPMC for their generous donation to help fight food insecurity in our community!

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5/06/20 – 3:00 pm  Second Harvest Cooler Walk Through.

Did you know we distribute more than just non-perishable food? Take a virtual walk through our cooler to see what other items we provide to our neighbors in need!

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5/05/20 – 2:00 pm  Thank you Signal-Tech.

Thank You to Signal-Tech for your generous donation to Second Harvest. Your support helps feed those in need.

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5/04/20 – 2:00 pm  Pallet Wrapping Stop Motion.

That’s a wrap! Can anyone guess how many times the pallet spun around?

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5/04/20 – 10:30 am  UPDATED List of Re-Opened Agencies.

The following agencies have been re-opened.

  • Living Bread (Clearfield)
  • Crosstown Punxy (Punxsutawney)
  • Sacred Heart (Erie)
  • Helping Hands Food Pantry (Johnsonburg)

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5/04/20 – 10:30 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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Early Connections (Erie)
  • Kane Area Community Center (Kane)
  •  Knox Food Pantry (Knox)
  •  JFK Kid’s Café (Erie)
  • St. Patrick’s; taking emergency calls only! (Franklin) 
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary; cancelling distribution on April 14th (Smethport) 
  • St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church (Erie)
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; pantry and soup kitchen (Erie)  
  • Salvation Army; still holding a drive-thru distribution for the Senior Box Program. (Bradford)
  • Gateway Tower Apartments (DuBois)
  • Gray Foundation (DuBois)
  • Otterbein  (Warren County)

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5/01/20 – 1:00 pm Thank You Logistics Plus!

Thank you to Logistics Plus for their donation and for donating masks for Second Harvest Employees!

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4/29/20 – 10:30 am Sacred Heart Distribution

The Sacred Heart food pantry will reopen for their May 12th distribution.

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4/28/20 – 2:30 pm Busy Day in the Second Harvest Warehouse!

Busy day in our warehouse today! We’re working fast to get food to our neighbors in need.

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4/28/20 – 8:00 am Essential Workers Are Superheros!

Its National Super Hero Day! Today we celebrate our Second Harvest Staff as well as essential employees everywhere for all of their hard work and dedication to serving people throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you!

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4/27/20 – 1:00 pm Thank You Volunteers!

To our volunteers: We will never be able to fully express the amount of thanks we have for the years of selfless service you provide to Second Harvest and the Erie community. We cant’t wait to have you back again soon!

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4/24/20 – 9:00 am Thank You!

Thank you to Mask Erie for donating 150 masks to Second Harvest to help keep our employees safe and healthy!

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4/23/20 – 2:00 pm Fill The Food Bank

Erie News Now Fill the Food Bank
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Erie News Now are teaming up with local musicians to bring food to those who need it most during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 24 from 7 to 8:00 p.m. on WICU as Erie-area artists perform live from their homes for the Fill the Food Bank fundraiser. As you enjoy the music, please consider making a donation to Second Harvest. For every $1 donated, Second Harvest is able to provide up to 6 meals to our neighbors in need.
Musicians Performing:
Rebecca and Chris Shaner
Rick Magee
First to Eleven
Refuge
Mike and Marie Miller
Small Town Revolution
Mike Camp
Tommy Carr
Acoustic Jukebox
The Patio Drive Band
Brian Butler
Jack Stevenson
Thank you for your continued support of Second Harvest’s mission to provide food to those in need!

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4/22/20 – 2:30 pm  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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Early Connections
  • Helping Hand Food Pantry, Johnsonburg (are now distributing at the Johnsonburg Firehall-regular schedule)
  •  Kane Area Community Center, Kane
  •  Knox Food Pantry, Knox
  •  JFK Kid’s Café, Erie
  • St. Patrick’s, Franklin (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, Erie
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Erie – Pantry and Soup Kitchen
  • Salvation Army, Bradford (except they will be doing a drive-thru distribution for CSFP.
  • Gateway Tower Apartments/DuBois is closed (CSFP)
  • Living Bread, Clearfield County- REOPENED
  • Crosstown Punxy, Punxatawney-REOPENING FOR MAY
  • Sacred Heart- cancelling weekly distribution but continuing to be a hub for emergencies
  • Otterbein JIT, Warren County- 5/5/20

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4/22/20 – 9:30 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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Living Bread Ministries in Clearfield County is now open
  • JFK Kid’s Café, Erie, closed
  • Kane Area Community Center, Kane, PA closed
  • Knox Food Pantry, Knox, PA closed
  • St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Erie, closed
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Erie – Pantry and Soup Kitchen, closed
  • Salvation Army, Bradford (except they will be doing a drive-thru distribution for CSFP.)
  • Gateway Tower Apartments/DuBois is closed (CSFP)
  • Crosstown Punxy, Punxatawney, closed
  • Sacred Heart- cancelling weekly distribution but continuing to be a hub for emergencies
  • Otterbein JIT, Warren County- closed, 5/5/20
  • Gray Foundation, DuBois, closed
  • Early Connections, Erie, closed

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4/22/20 – 7:00 am  #GiveFromHomeDay

Thank you to everyone who participated in #GiveFromHomeDay Your donations allow us to help neighbors in need who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

If you or someone you know is in need of food please contact our foodline (814) 459-3663 x117 and our staff will be able to assist you. To make an online donation visit nwpafoodbank.networkforgood.com

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4/21/20 – 3:30 pm – Warren County Backpacks Packing!

School might be on hold, but our staff is still busy packing bags for the Warren county Backpacks program!

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4/20/20 – 3:30 pm – Newly in need of food?

Are you newly in need of food because of the COVID-19 crisis and have questions? We can help!

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4/17/20 – 2:00 pm – Packing boxes

Our staff is working at hyper-speed packing boxes with food for those in need!

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4/13/20 – 3:30 pm 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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • St. Patrick’s, Franklin will be open for drive-thru distribution Saturday, April 18th
  • Helping Hand Food Pantry, Johnsonburg (are now distributing at the Johnsonburg Firehall-regular schedule)
  • Kane Area Community Center, Kane, PA closed
  • Knox Food Pantry, Knox, PA closed
  • JFK Kid’s Café, Erie, closed
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary, JIT-Smethport- cancelling distribution on April 14th
  • St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Erie, closed
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Erie – Pantry and Soup Kitchen, closed
  • Salvation Army, Bradford (except they will be doing a drive-thru distribution for CSFP.) closed
  • Gateway Tower Apartments/DuBois is closed (CSFP)
  • Living Bread, Clearfield County, closed
  • Crosstown Punxy, Punxatawney, closed
  • Sacred Heart- cancelling weekly distribution but continuing to be a hub for emergencies
  • Otterbein JIT, Warren County- closed, 5/5/20
  • Gray Foundation, DuBois, closed
  • Pleasantville JIT-closed 4/15
  • Early Connections, Erie, closed

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4/9/20 – 1 pm Second Harvest Continues to Offer Support to those in Erie County Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis.

4/9/20 – 8:30 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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Helping Hand Food Pantry, Johnsonburg (are now distributing at the Johnsonburg Firehall-regular schedule)
  • Kane Area Community Center, Kane
  • Knox Food Pantry, Knox
  • JFK Kid’s Café, Erie
  • St. Patrick’s, Franklin (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, Erie
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Erie – Pantry and Soup Kitchen
  • Salvation Army, Bradford (except they will be doing a drive-thru distribution for CSFP.
  • Gateway Tower Apartments/DuBois is closed (CSFP)
  • Living Bread, Clearfield County
  • Crosstown Punxy, Punxatawney
  • Sacred Heart- cancelling weekly distribution but continuing to be a hub for emergencies
  • Otterbein JIT, Warren County- 5/5/20

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4/8/20 – 3pm- 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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186.  An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Helping Hand Food Pantry, Johnsonburg (are now distributing at the Johnsonburg Firehall-regular schedule)
  • Kane Area Community Center, Kane
  • Knox Food Pantry, Knox
  • JFK Kid’s Café, Erie
  • St. Patrick’s, Franklin (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, Erie
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Erie – Pantry and Soup Kitchen
  • Salvation Army, Bradford (except they will be doing a drive-thru distribution for CSFP.)
  • Gateway Tower Apartments/DuBois is closed (CSFP)
  • Living Bread, Clearfield County
  • Crosstown Punxy, Punxatawney
  • Sacred Heart, Erie
  • Otterbein UMC Produce Express for Tuesday, May 5-cancelled

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4/7/20 – 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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Helping Hand Food Pantry, Johnsonburg (are now distributing at the Johnsonburg Firehall-regular schedule)
  • Kane Area Community Center, Kane
  • Knox Food Pantry, Knox
  • JFK Kid’s Café, Erie
  • St. Patrick’s, Franklin (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, Erie
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Erie – Pantry and Soup Kitchen
  • Salvation Army, Bradford (except they will be doing a drive-thru distribution for CSFP.)
  • Gateway Tower Apartments/DuBois is closed (CSFP)
  • Living Bread, Clearfield County
  • Crosstown Punxy, Punxatawney
  • Sacred Heart, Erie

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4/6/20 – 3 pm – 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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Kane Area Community Center, Kane
  • Knox Food Pantry, Knox
  • JFK Kid’s Café, Erie
  • St. Patrick’s, Franklin (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, Erie
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Erie – Pantry and Soup Kitchen
  • Salvation Army, Bradford (except they will be doing a drive-thru distribution for CSFP.
  • Gateway Tower Apartments/DuBois is closed (CSFP)
  • Gray Foundation/DuBois closed
  • Living Bread, Clearfield county
  • Cross Town Food Pantry in Punxsutawney

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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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Kane Area Community Center, Kane
  • Knox Food Pantry, Knox
  • JFK Kid’s Café, Erie
  • St. Patrick’s, Franklin (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, Erie
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Erie – Pantry and Soup Kitchen
  • Salvation Army, Bradford (except they will be doing a drive-thru distribution for CSFP.
  • Gateway Tower Apartments/DuBois is closed (CSFP)
  • Gray Foundation/DuBois closed
  • Cross Town Food Pantry in Punxsutawney

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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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. An Agency Relations representative will return your call as soon as possible with alternative options. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

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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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186.  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

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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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186.  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

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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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. 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

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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.

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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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. 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

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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 or call toll free 1-800-604-9186. 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

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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.