Through the month of September, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania observes Hunger Action Month – an initiative designed to inspire the public to take action on the issues of hunger. Advocates from across the country work to shine a light on the 49 million individuals facing food insecurity nationwide, including more than 91,000 individuals right here in northwest Pennsylvania.

Second Harvest encourages the public to get involved during Hunger Action Month by participating in the following:

  • Turn Erie Orange: Local businesses in Erie County can turn their offices orange – the official color of Hunger Action Month. Businesses can participate by asking staff to wear orange, by displaying Second Harvest signs in their front windows, advertising Hunger Action Month on their outside marquee signage and by putting orange light bulbs in their light fixtures. Second Harvest has asked participating businesses to share with them how they are participating in Hunger Action Month.
  • 30 Ways in 30 Days: For easy, everyday ideas on how to take action and spread awareness, download our 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar. Pick one or more of the action items listed on the calendar and let us know how you’re participating via social media or email.
  • Food Drives and Fundraisers: Second Harvest also encourages individuals, groups and businesses to consider hosting fundraisers and food drives to benefit the food bank. These events provide the food bank with essential food and monetary donations that are needed to support member agencies. New this September, you can conduct a virtual food drive! This new software eliminates the need to store and transport physical food AND increases your buying power because a $1.00 donation to Second Harvest can provide 6 meals for our neighbors in need.

For more information on how you can help those in need in northwest Pennsylvania, please call Andrea Velez at 814-459-3663 x 113 or email