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If you or someone you know needs food assistance, Feeding Pennsylvania and our eight member food banks, who together serve 65 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, can help to connect you with the food resources you need.

Our eight member food banks, located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, distribute more than 138 million pounds of food to more than 2,600 local agencies each year, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and child feeding programs like Kids Café™ and weekend backpack programs.

Access Food through Feeding PA Member Food Banks

To locate food assistance in your community, visit the website of your local food bank. If you are unsure which food bank serves your area, the food bank locator found below can help.

Apply for Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs

If you or someone you know is in need of longer-term food assistance, government-funded programs such as SNAP (formerly food stamps), WIC, school meals, and more are also available are also available and can help to connect you with the food resources you need. Click the name of the program below to get more information.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps

For more than 40 years, SNAP has served as the foundation of America’s national nutrition safety net. It is the first line of defense against hunger and is a powerful tool for improving nutrition among low-income people. Benefits come to the household via electronic debit cards, known as Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards which can be used in more than 246,000 approved retail stores nationwide to purchase food. Eligibility is based on financial factors such as income and expenses available to the household, as well as immigrant status.

For more information about SNAP, visit:

National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Programs

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 100,000 public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents.

The School Breakfast Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. At the State level, the program is usually administered by State education agencies, which operate the program through agreements with local school food authorities in more than 89,000 schools and institutions. The School Breakfast Program operates in the same manner as the National School Lunch Program. For more information about the National School Lunch Program and the Breakfast Program, visit: USDA/Food and Nutrition Service.

APPLY ONLINE

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants’ income must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps), Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

For more information about WIC:

SIGN UP FOR WIC

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. Through TEFAP, the USDA purchases USDA foods and makes them available to State Distributing Agencies. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected which in turn distribute the food to local organizations that directly serve the public, such as soup kitchens and food pantries. States also provide the food to other types of local organizations, such as community action agencies, which distribute the foods directly to low-income households. Each state is responsible for setting its own eligibility requirements.

For more information about TEFAP, visit:

To access TEFAP foods, contact the TEFAP Lead Agency Program Coordinator in your County.

COUNTY LEAD AGENCY DIRECTORY

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

CSFP provides commodity food packages for low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to their sixth birthday, and elderly persons at least 60 years of age who meet income eligibility requirements. CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the target population.

When CSFP was initially introduced, it primarily served low-income pregnant and postpartum women and their young children. Over the years, however, as this population has become increasingly served by WIC and the senior population has grown, senior participation has grown significantly. For elderly persons, eligibility for the program is limited to those with income at or below 130 percent of the poverty level.

Get more information about CSFP

To find out if CSFP is available in your area of the State, call 800-468-2433, or send an email to RA-fooddist@state.pa.us


Select your county in order to find your Feeding PA Member Food Bank.

You Can Find Assistance Through:
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Central PA Food Bank
3908 Corey Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109
(717) 564-1700
www.centralpafoodbank.org

You Can Find Assistance Through:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley & Northeast PA

Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley
6969 Silver Crest Rd.
Nazareth, PA 18064
(610) 434-0875
www.shfblv.org

You Can Find Assistance Through:
Westmoreland County Food Bank

Westmoreland County Food Bank
100 Devonshire Dr.
Delmont, PA 15626
(724) 468-8660
westmorelandfoodbank.org

You Can Find Assistance Through:
Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County

Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County
109A S Sharpsville Ave.
Sharon, PA 16146
(724) 981-0353
www.foodwarehouse.org

You Can Find Assistance Through:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA
1507 Grimm Dr.
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 459-3663
nwpafoodbank.org

You Can Find Assistance Through:
H&J Weinberg NEPA Regional Food Bank

The Weinberg Food Bank
185 Research Drive
Pittston, PA 18640
(570) 908-2222
www.ceopeoplehelpingpeople.org

You Can Find Assistance Through:
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
1 North Linden St.
Duquesne, PA 15110
(412) 460-3663
www.pittsburghfoodbank.org

You Can Find Assistance Through:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA and Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA
1507 Grimm Dr.
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 459-3663
nwpafoodbank.org


Central PA Food Bank
3908 Corey Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109
(717) 564-1700
www.centralpafoodbank.org

You Can Find Assistance Through:
Greater Berks Food Bank
(Currently not a member of PA Council)

117 Morgan Drive
Reading, PA 19608
(610) 926-5802
www.berksfoodbank.org

You Can Find Assistance Through:
Philabundance

Philabundance
3616 South Galloway Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 339-0900
www.philabundance.org