Back-of-truckThe 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 income 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, 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.

How can you help?

Host a Produce Express

Second Harvest partners with churches, community centers, public housing complexes, fire halls, and other organizations to coordinate, fund and provide volunteers to Produce Express distributions. To discuss becoming a host, please contact Manager of Programs Gerry Weiss by email at gweiss@nwpafoodbank.org or by phone at 814-459-3663 ext. 120, or Mobile Pantry Coordinator Bailey Giesbrecht at bgiesbrecht@nwpafoodbank.org or 814-459-3663 ext. 109.

Volunteer

Volunteer individuals and groups pack and hand out bags of fresh produce and other grocery products that can be used as supplements to meals for recipients. To volunteer at a Produce Express site, please call Gerry or Bailey at the above email address and phone number.

Donate

Donations are graciously accepted to help expand our Produce Express program. Please donate online or by check. Call Director of Development Zachary Webb at 814-459-3663 ext. 114 or email zwebb@nwpafoodbank.org with any questions.

Distribution Guidelines

At Produce Express distributions that are not in a drive-thru format, please bring photo identification (driver’s license, etc.), proof of residency (phone bill, utility bill, etc.) as well as a sturdy bag, box or shopping cart to bring grocery products home.

Recipients must have household income levels no greater than 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.

  • Household of 1: no more than $1561 / month
  • Household of 2: no more than $2114 / month
  • Household of 3: no more than $2666 / month
  • Household of 4: no more than $3219 / month
  • Household of 5: no more than $3771 / month

Upcoming Produce Express Mobile Distributions

 

July 21: Second Harvest Food Bank, 1507 Grimm Drive, Erie – Erie County. 4 p.m. distribution. Please do not arrive before 2 p.m. Drive-thru only. For those who are already in the Second Harvest Produce Express “Tuesday” group. Or, if a new client, for those in need of food assistance who reside above West 12th Street on the City of Erie’s west side, or reside elsewhere in western Erie County. New clients need to please call Bailey at 814-459-3663 ext. 109 to pre-register.

 

July 22: Military Share Produce Express — usually held at the Erie VA Medical Center — will be held again at Second Harvest Food Bank, 1507 Grimm Drive, Erie – Erie County. 2:30 p.m. distribution. Drive-thru only. Please do not arrive before 1 p.m. For residents of Erie County in need of food assistance who are military veterans, current military and their families.

 

July 23: Second Harvest Food Bank, 1507 Grimm Drive, Erie – Erie County. 2:30 p.m. distribution. Please do not arrive before 1 p.m. Drive-thru only. IMPORTANT NOTE: For those who are already clients at the Produce Express distribution previously held at the Erie County Health Department. Or, if a new client, for those in need of food assistance who reside west of State Street to Cranberry Street, within the boundaries of the West Bayfront Parkway to West 11th Street. New clients need to please call Bailey at 814-459-3663 ext. 109 to pre-register

 

July 27: North East Produce Express, Gravel Pit Park, 10300 West Main Street, North East – Erie County. 2:30 p.m. distribution. Drive-thru only. IMPORTANT NOTE: This distribution is only for residents in need of food assistance who live in the area of North East, North East Township, and the North East School District. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please call either Bailey at 814-459-3663 ext. 109 or 814-459-3663 ext. 117 (leave a message and a Second Harvest staff member will call you back to confirm pre-registration).

 

July 29: Otto Township Fire Hall, 118 Sweitzer Dr, outside the Otto Township Fire Hall- McKean County. 1:00pm distribution. Drive-Thru Only.

 

July 30: Warren Produce Express, 445 Conwango Ave, outside Calvary Baptist Church, Warren- Warren County. 3:00pm distribution. Drive-thru only. To pre-register please call 814-459-3663 ext. 117 (leave a message and a Second Harvest staff member will call you back to confirm pre-registration.)

 

July 31: CM Alliance – 233 Church Street, Cambridge Springs, Outside C&M Alliance Church – Crawford County. 3:00pm distribution.