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. For the convenience and privacy of the individuals and families served, Military Share distributions take place on-site at the VA Medical Center and at armories throughout Second Harvest’s 11-county service area.

Military Share is funded exclusively by donations. While requests to include specific items in a distribution may impact the cost, you can sponsor a military family for just $15. To learn how you or your organization can sponsor a Military Share distribution in your community, please contact Cindy Plymyer at (814) 459-3663 x 103 or

While the specific items distributed will vary based on Second Harvest’s available inventory, each eligible, registered family will receive fresh produce, one quart of fresh milk, one dozen eggs, cheese and a box of shelf-stable pantry staples such as soup, pasta, sauce and cereal. When available, meat, fish and poultry products may also be included.

  • While not all-inclusive, a list of commonly included items is below:
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Fresh Milk
  • 100% Fruit Juice
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Granola Bars
  • Pasta
  • Peanut Butter
  • Soups
  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Ground Beef
  • Ground Turkey
  • Chicken Quarters
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Tuna