Erie News Now Holiday Drive-Thru Food Drive
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Erie News Now Holiday Drive-Thru Food Drive is held in November each year. This event, now in its 21st 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, Titusville, Smethport, Warren and Waterford remains in the community where it was collected. Monetary donations assist Second Harvest to help provide food to our member agencies throughout northwest Pennsylvania.

Drop-Off Locations:

Bradford: Northwest Bank, 33 Main Street, Bradford, PA 16701 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Bradford: Northwest Bank, 950 East Main Street, Bradford, PA 16701 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Corry: Northwest Bank, 80 W. Columbus Street, Corry, PA 16407 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
East Springfield: Federated Church, 11995 Main St., East Springfield, PA 16411 (10:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Edinboro:  Edinboro Food Pantry, 150 South Perry Lane, Edinboro, PA 16412(6:00 am to 6:30 pm)
Erie: Erie News Now TV Studio, 3514 State Street, Erie PA 16508 (6:00 am to 6:30 pm)
Erie: Northwest Bank,  1328 East Grandview Blvd, Erie PA 16504 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Meadville: Meadville Downtown Mall, 920 Water Street, Meadville, PA 16335 (6:00 am to 6:30 pm)
Millcreek: Northwest Bank, 850 Pittsburgh Avenue, Erie, PA 16505 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Titusville: Drake Mall, 409 East Central Avenue, Titusville, PA 16354 (7:30 am to 6:00 pm)
Warren: Northwest Bank, 301 Second Avenue, Warren, PA 16365 (6:00 am to 6:30 pm)
Waterford: Fort Leboeuf Middle School, 865 Cherry Street, Waterford, PA 16441 (6:00 am to 6:00 pm)



Tops Markets Food For Families Food Drive
November – December

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 NW PA to help those in need.



checkCheck-Out Hunger 
Participating Stores February & March

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, Price Rite and Shur-fine stores.



Empty Bowls
Postponed Due to COVID-19. New date TBD.

Second Harvest Food Bank will be hosting its First Annual Empty Bowls event on Saturday, March 28th from 12 to 3 pm. Empty Bowls will offer guests the opportunity to select a pottery bowl handmade by students and local artists while enjoying signature soups, breads and cookies provided by local restaurants and bakeries. If you are interested in partnering with us for this event, please contact Visit our Empty Bowls landing page for more event and ticket information. Help us fill empty bowls throughout northwest Pennsylvania!



Walmart Inc’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change.

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)
Second Saturday in May (2021 Food Drive Postponed. 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 Walk for a Healthy Community
(2021 Highmark Walk is a virtual walk due to COVID-19)

Second Harvest participates in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pa. 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 spending time with family and friends. For more information:



Fill the BackPack

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.