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 

Ten local 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 and chronic disease information to 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

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 2020.

  • Edinboro Emergency Food Pantry – The addition of boxes and baskets to highlight produce and encourage taking and using plenty of vegetables for better health.
  • Union City Food Pantry & First Alliance Church Food Pantry – 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.
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St. Luke’s Food Pantry – Before Covid-19 changed our approach several walk-by demos were offered in each pantry. The event in February encouraged clients to Love your Heart and included blood pressure screenings and reading nutrition label skills. Recipe and seed bundles have been added to distributions during Covid-19 to keep information flowing while keeping everyone safe.

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



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