Feeding Pennsylvania promotes and aids our member food banks in securing food and other resources to reduce hunger and food insecurity in their communities and across Pennsylvania.
Jane Clements-Smith was appointed Executive Director of Feeding Pennsylvania, the state association of Feeding America food banks, in June of 2015. Serving as a statewide voice on hunger issues, Jane spends her time advocating for policies that support hungry families on both the state and federal levels. Under her leadership, Feeding Pennsylvania has launched a number of new initiatives, including Fill a Glass with Hope ®, the nation’s first statewide charitable fresh milk distribution program, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, and American Dairy Association North East; the Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative (MARC), a produce cooperative that distributed 22 million pounds of produce to 25 food banks in its first year; and the Healthy Pantry Initiative, a new program in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health that will incentivize pantries to increase healthy food and beverages for the people they serve.
In her role, Jane serves on the state’s Mass Care Feeding Task Force through the PA Department of Human Resources and oversees a Disaster Response Committee, responding to both in and out of state disasters. In 2017, Jane was appointed by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the Emergency Food Assistance Advisory Council and she also serves on the Lieutenant Governor’s Veterans Task Force as well as Governor Wolf’s Food Security Partnership.
Prior to joining Feeding Pennsylvania, Jane served as the Annual Giving and Fundraising Event Officer for The Guthrie Clinic, a nonprofit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. In this capacity, Jane was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s major fundraising events and internal annual giving campaigns. Before that, Jane worked for Chesapeake Energy, the second-largest producer of natural gas in the United States, as a manager in corporate development, overseeing all community relations, outreach, and education in Chesapeake’s northeastern Pennsylvania operating area.
Jane lives in Harrisburg with her husband, Mark, and their daughters, Louise and Olivia.
Marianne Babcock joined Feeding Pennsylvania as the Executive Assistant in September of 2018. Marianne supports all of Feeding Pennsylvania’s programs such as Fill a Glass with Hope®, The Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative, and the Healthy Pantry Initiative. Alongside Executive Director, Jane Clements-Smith, Marianne helps to advocate for policies that continue to assist Pennsylvanians in need.
Along with general office and administrative duties, Marianne is responsible for social media outreach, assembling and distributing Feeding Pennsylvania’s and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperatives newsletters, and assisting with development and fundraising efforts.
With prior experience in agriculture research and non-profit outreach, Marianne joins the team with a unique perspective on food and its connection with the community.
Marianne is a Carlisle native and lives there with her fiancé, Dakota, their dog, Hank, and cat, Chalky.