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.
School-aged children are among those in America most severely affected by hunger. According to recent Feeding America research, 20 percent of children face hunger each and every day. In northwest Pennsylvania, that number is considerably higher, as children comprise 29 percent of the individuals the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania serves.
The BackPack program provides children with nutritious, child-friendly food on Fridays and helps provide the proper nutrition necessary for weekends when other food resources are not available.
Senior Box Program
Unfortunately many seniors in our area are faced with the challenges associated 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.