The Produce Express program delivers a truckload of food for up to 200 struggling families in need where traditional food pantries are not available. Each truck carries enough in goods to provide eligible families with 25-50 pounds of nutritious food, free of charge.
By making fresh, healthy produce available to those who normally would not have access to it, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and our partner agencies are working to encourage the community to eat healthier and make better nutritional choices. When available, Produce Express trucks also include other grocery items and non-food essentials.
In northwest Pennsylvania, nearly 18% of households receiving food assistance have at least one member who has served in the military. Military Share, a Produce Express Program of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania, is designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods for families with at least one member who has served in the armed forces.
There are many costs to acquiring, handling and distributing milk to the needy Pennsylvanians who seek help at the hundreds of community organizations across our service area. Through a statewide initiative, we hope to bring fresh milk to the tables of families in the 11 counties of northwest Pennsylvania with the support of our many local volunteers and generous donors.
The BackPack program provides children with nutritious, child-friendly food on Fridays and helps provide proper nutrition on weekends when other food resources are not available.
School Pantry Program
For nearly 50,000 children that rely on the free and reduced lunch program in our 11- county service area, going to school becomes their best opportunity to eat because school breakfasts and lunches may be the only meals they consistently receive. These children and their families may not have the nutritious food they need for healthy living.
The Second Harvest School Pantry Program was launched in 2017 to provide a resource for these children and their families.
Senior Box Program
Unfortunately, many seniors in our area are faced with the challenges associated with making difficult decisions such as paying for medicine or buying groceries. To help alleviate the stress of not knowing where a next meal may come from, the U.S.D.A. provides food items for distribution to low-income seniors through a Senior Box Program.
Food Rescue Program
Second Harvest Food Bank has been doing food rescue since the beginning of the food bank in 1982. We now rescue food from over 130 food establishments and redistribute it to hunger relief agencies in 11 different counties in Northwest Pennsylvania. As a partner with Feeding America, we use the MealConnect app to help orchestrate even more food rescues.