Fresh Vegetables in a crateGovernment nutrition assistance programs exist to help people access the nutritious food they need to feed themselves or their families. In partnership with these programs, Second Harvest provides food to those in need within 11 counties of northwest Pennsylvania.

The State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) provides the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania with grants to purchase nutritious food items that aim to supplement the efforts of food banks, shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries to reduce hunger. Find out more about SFPP here »

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides emergency food to Second Harvest for distribution to member food pantries. These locations distribute the grocery items directly to those in need at no cost. Find out more about TEFAP here »

Download the TEFAP Self Declaration of Need Form for 2019-20 here (English) »

Download the TEFAP Self Declaration of Need Form for 2019-20 here (Spanish) »

Download the TEFAP Self Declaration of Need Form for 2019-20 here (Russian) »

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), once known as food stamps, helps individuals and families make ends meet. Depending on income guidelines, SNAP recipients are allotted a specific dollar amount loaded onto a debit card, which gives you the freedom to choose what you eat. Find out more about SNAP here »