Second Harvest is happy to assist our member agencies, food pantries and the clients they serve, with educational resources to promote and access healthy foods. Below, are helpful links to recipes and nutrition tips to encourage eating healthy on a limited budget.
PA Healthy Pantry Initiative
Twenty pantries from Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA area partnered with the Pennsylvania Healthy Pantry Initiative (PA HPI) with the intention to increase access to healthy foods, provide nutrition education, and reducing the burden chronic disease among food pantry clients. These include:
Union City Food Pantry, Bethany Outreach Food Pantry, First Alliance Church Food Pantry, Edinboro Emergency Food Pantry, Cathedral of St. Paul Food Pantry, Our Lady of Mount Carmel/St. Luke’s Food Pantry, Sacred Heart Church Food Pantry, Christian Cupboard Food Pantry, Northwestern Food Pantry, Kearsarge Area Food Pantry, Glenwood UMC Food Pantry, Kane area Food Pantry, Community of Caring Food Pantry, Healthy Food Center, St. Andrew’s Food Pantry, Islamic Association of Erie Food Pantry, Reynoldsville Area Food Pantry, Brookville Food Pantry, Home House of Erie Food Pantry, and Wesleyville Interfaith Center Food Pantry
The initiative also aims to support pantry clients in increasing their consumption of healthy foods by highlighting the healthy choices within the food pantries. Here are some of those activities in 2021.
- Home House of Erie – The addition of produce crate display stands and baskets to highlight produce and encourage taking and using plenty of vegetables for better health.
- Wesleyville Interfaith center Food Pantry – Table basket bins and Wood crate produce Display and Placement of shelf talkers to highlight good shopping skills like reading nutrition labels and important health messages like attention to foods that are Diabetes Friendly.
- Cathedral of St. Paul- Placement of key educational posters and recipes throughout pantry to encourage healthy choices, Scheduling nutrition education events targeting cooking skills and disease prevention nutrition classes.
Food Pantries in the Second Harvest of NW PA service area that are interested in partnering with PA HPI can check out the array of pantry tools we have to offer under the resources for pantries tab of the HPI webpage and contact David Godoy for more information:
Healthy Pantry Nutrition Specialist
David Godoy, RD, LDN
814-459-3663 x 125