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

May 6: 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. For those who are already in the Second Harvest Produce Express “Wednesday” 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.

May 12: 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.

May 14: 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 distributions previously held at either East Middle School, Edison Elementary School and Harding Elementary School. Or, if a new client, for those in need of food assistance who reside east of State Street within the boundaries of East Middle School, in certain areas that include but are not limited to Zip Codes 16503 and 16507; those residing in the area surrounding Edison School; and those residing in the area surrounding McKinley School.

May 16: Clarendon Produce Express, 22 Brown Avenue, outside of the Veterans of Foreign Wars facility, Clarendon – Warren County. 9 a.m. distribution. Drive-thru only.

May 20: 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. For those who are already in the Second Harvest Produce Express “Wednesday” 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.

May 26: 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.

May 27: 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. Please do not arrive before 1 p.m. Drive-thru only. For residents of Erie County in need of food assistance who are military veterans, current military and their families.

May 28: 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.