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YOU CAN HELP advance the work of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Ecumenical Food Pantry by placing non-perishable food donations in the bins near the staircase on the first floor of the church. UCH alternates donations to these two organizations each month.
- The Ecumenical Food Pantry was established following the devastation caused by Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
- The Pantry fills 700 requests per month for food packages to needy families and individuals in central Pennsylvania.
- Over 250 volunteers help run the Pantry out of Messiah Lutheran Church in midtown Harrisburg. There are no paid employees at the Pantry.
- Eighty percent of the Pantry's food donations come from the 100 supplying churches in the midstate.
- YOU CAN HELP advance the work of the Ecumenical Food Pantry by placing non-perishable food donations in the bins near the staircase on the first floor of the church.
- The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributes food and grocery products to more than 400 soup kitchens, shelters, and food pantries in 27 central Pennsylvania counties.
- The Food Bank distributes about one million pounds of product each month, which is equivalent to about 750,000 meals.
- The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has been in operation since 1982 and currently operates out of a 43,000 square-foot facility in Lower Paxton Twp.
- Through the Fresh Produce Distribution Program the Food Bank delivers perishable items such as potatoes, onions, lettuce, apples and strawberries directly to over 5,000 of our neighbors in need.
- As part of the Elder Share Distribution Program, the Food Bank provides over 200 senior citizens a month with a supplemental food box that includes canned meats, vegetables, fruits, and nutritious beverages.
- Source: www.centralpafoodbank.org