Erie News Now Drive-Thru Food Drive
November 2020
The Erie News Now Holiday Drive-Thru Food Drive is held in November each year. This event, now in its 20th year, is an all-day food drive and fundraiser to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and its member agencies. All food collected at each location in Bradford, Corry, East Springfield, Edinboro, Erie, Kane, Meadville, Millcreek, Smethport, Titusville, Warren and Waterford remains in the community where it was collected. Monetary donations assist the Second Harvest to help provide food to our member agencies throughout northwest Pennsylvania. Visit Erie News Now’s website for more information and a list of drop-off locations.



Tops Markets Food For Families Food Drive
November – December 2021
You can support Second Harvest and Tops Markets to provide for the hungry this holiday season. Shoppers at Tops Markets can purchase a “Little Brown Bag of Hope” for $5, $10 or $20. Food donations will go directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania to help those in need.



Souper Bowl of Caring
February 2020
The ”Souper Bowl of Caring” is a flexible and easy to organize event, making it a great way for your group or organization to give to those in need. Examples of “Souper Bowl of Caring” projects include asking your customers or employees to donate either $1 or one can of soup, hosting a Soup/Chili Cook-Off Event, or throwing a Super Bowl Party and asking attendees to bring nonperishable donations as “admission” to the party. This collective effort on and leading up to Super Bowl Sunday creates hunger awareness and helps to feed the 91,490 individuals in northwest Pennsylvania facing hunger. If you plan on participating or need assistance in planning a Souper Bowl of Caring event, please contact Andrea at 814-459-3663 x 113 or




Check Out Hunger 
Participating Stores February & March 2021

Through the Check Out Hunger campaign, customers and employees contribute to the Second Harvest by scanning a coupon at checkout that adds a specific dollar amount ($1-$5), or any amount they choose, to their order. 100% of the donation goes directly to the Second Harvest. Participating stores include Wegmans, Tops                                                              Markets, ShopRite and Shur-fine stores.


Walmart Inc’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change.
April 22 – May 20, 2020

Fight Hunger Spark Change is a nationwide initiative encouraging the public to join the fight against hunger. From April 22nd through May 20th, you can donate to Second Harvest at the register of your local Walmart or Sam’s Club store. Donations of $1, $2, $5 or another amount will be accepted. There is no limit to what can be raised at the register! 100% of funds donated in our 11-county service area will be directed to Second Harvest!



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National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive
(NALC Food Drive)
Postponed Due to COVID-19 New Date TBD.

The second Saturday in May, letter carriers throughout northwest PA join the Second Harvest to Stamp Out Hunger! The community is asked to donate nonperishable donations in a sturdy bag and leave by their mailbox in the morning. Local letter carriers, volunteers or Boy Scouts will be collecting donations from homes and delivering them to the Second Harvest or Second Harvest member agencies in outlying areas. Contact Andrea Velez at 814-459-3663 x 113 or or visit our Volunteer Sign-Up page if you’re interested in volunteering at this event.

If you prefer to bring your donation to one of our local drop-off sites, please reference the list below to find the site nearest you:

  • Wesley United Methodist Church, 3308 South Street, Wesleyville – 10 am to 3 pm
  • Mark’s Evangelist Church, 695 Smithson Ave, Lawrence Park – 10 am to 3 pm
  • Blessed Sacrament Church, 1626 West 26th, Erie – 10 am to 3 pm
  • Sterrettania Medical Center, 4000 Sterrettania Rd, Erie – 10 am to 3 pm
  • St. George Church, 5145 Peach St, Erie – 10 am to 3 pm
  • Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 3520 Perry St, Erie – 10 am to 3 pm
  • Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 4376 W Lake Rd, Erie – 10 am to 3 pm
  • Asbury Barn – Asbury Rd, behind barn by the pavilion, Erie – 10 am to 3 pm
  • Colony Plaza, 2550 West 8th (Next to Erie Audiology), Erie – 10 am to 3 pm
  • Tops Friendly Market Parking Lot at 38th and Liberty, Erie – 10 am to 3 pm
  • Pro Realty Parking Lot – 4720 Wattsburg Rd, Erie – 10 am to 3 pm
  • East 38th Street Post Office, Erie – 10 am to 6 pm
  • Legion Road Post Office, Erie – 10 am to 6 pm




Highmark Virtual Walk for a Healthy Community
May 30- June 30, 2020

Second Harvest typically participates in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pa. The 2020 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community will be an online only virtual walk and fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Walkers register online to support Second Harvest’s mission to provide food for the hungry in the region. It’s a great way to get exercise while practicing social distancing. If you or your organization would like to sponsor Second Harvest at the 2020 walk, contact Andrea at For more information on the event visit



Fill the BackPack
Date TBD

During the Fill the BackPack campaign, Wegmans shoppers can purchase grocery bags filled with child-friendly food items in increments of $3, $5 and $10. This childhood anti-hunger initiative provides kids in need with weekend bags of nutritious, easy-to-prepare food.  Last year, Wegmans shoppers donated 19,368 pounds of product that went directly towards feeding local students who would otherwise have gone without when school was not in session. Every Friday, the food goes home in the backpacks of eligible school children to ensure they have nutritious meals over the weekend. Learn more about our BackPack Program here.


Erie Gives
August 11, 2020

Erie Gives 2019 is#TwiceAsNice because donors can write a check for their Erie Gives donation. Checks must be made out to The Erie Community Foundation. All check donations must be accompanied by a Check Donation Form (download at Checks must be delivered to The Erie Community Foundation (459 West 6th Street, Erie, PA 16507) no later than Monday, August 10, 2020. Plus, your gift is multiplied! The Erie Community Foundation will also provide a prorated match of your online donation. Email if you have any questions about supporting Second Harvest on Erie Gives 2020.


Hunger Action Month
September 2020
Stand with us during Hunger Action Month by spreading the word and taking action to alleviate hunger in northwest Pennsylvania. For ideas on how to take action and spread awareness, download our 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar. If you’d like to organize a food drive or fundraiser for Hunger Action Month, please contact Andrea at 814-459-3663 x 113 or For more ways to get involved, visit our Hunger Action Month page.



 Fall Food Share
 October-November 2020
Fall Food Share, the region’s seasonal food and funds drive will focus on ending hunger in our region. The drive will operate in 10 counties across western Pennsylvania and one county in West Virginia.  Shoppers at participating Giant Eagle locations are asked to make a monetary or food donation at the register. All monetary and food donations stay in the counties where the donation was made. Shoppers are asked to only donate household and nonperishable food items in boxes, cans or plastic containers. No glass packaging, please.