Government Food Assistance Programs
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Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
In 2010 Second Harvest Food Bank became a distributor of U.S.D.A. commodities to low income seniors through the CSFP. This program provides a monthly food box to seniors who qualify for the program. To qualify you must be at least 60 years old. The income guidelines for the program are as follows:
This program is limited, so there may be a short waiting period before a qualified recipient can start receiving food. Second Harvest provides CSFP food boxes to people in the 11 counties we serve. If you are interested in this program, please call Ann Donikowski at 814-459-3663, ext. 111 for more information or to register.
Please call Ann for the CSFP delivery schedule in your area.
CSFP is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
State Food Purchase Program (SFPP)
As the lead agency for the State Food Purchase Program in Erie, Forest, Jefferson and Clarion Counties, Second Harvest receives funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to purchase nutritious food that we might not ordinarily receive as donated product. Second Harvest purchases the food from brokers at reduced prices. The program also includes funds for Second Harvest to apply to the handling fee that emergency member agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, Kids Cafes and shelters) in these four counties pay for certain donated food items.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Second Harvest serves as the lead agency for storing and distributing government food in four counties – Erie, Forest, Jefferson and Clarion. Provided through The Emergency Food Assistance Program, this food is distributed at no cost to our member food pantries, which in turn distribute the groceries to their clients. This high quality food includes frozen and dry products in retail-size packaging for use in homes. TEFAP reimburses Second Harvest for part of our cost of obtaining and distributing the food; Second Harvest absorbs the other part of the cost. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture oversees this federal program in our area. This program was formerly known as “USDA Food,” and the familiar symbol still appears on some of the packaging.
TEFAP is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
TEFAP Food Distribution Schedule
North Clarion/Marienville Food Pantry
201 North Forest Street
Marienville, PA 16239
Distributes on 4th Friday of the month, 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Western Forest County Food Pantry
219 Elm Street
Tionesta, PA 16353
Distributes on 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Brookville Food Pantry
8 Sylvania Road
Brookville, PA 15825
Distributes every Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon; 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cross Town Food Pantry at Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church
201 Woodland Ave.
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Distributes 3rd Monday of the month from 6 p.m. until the food is gone.
Reynoldsville Area Food Pantry
344 East Main Street.
Reynoldsville, PA 15851
Distributes every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon; TEFAP distribution is on the first Friday of the month during these hours: 9 a.m. to noon; 1 to 3 p.m.; 6 to 7 p.m
Red Bank Food Pantry
300 Broad Street
New Bethlehem, PA 16242
Distributes on 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
St. Michael’s Food Pantry
18766 Route 208
Fryburg, PA 16326
Distributes on 4th Tuesday of the month, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Zion Baptist Church Jesus
114 Zion Road
Clarion, PA 16214
Distributes on 2nd Monday of the month, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
For information regarding TEFAP in Erie County, please call the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA at (814) 459-3663, ext. 121.