Food Stamp Cuts Will Affect Many
Posted: 11/8/2013 10:19:12 AM
Food stamp cuts will affect thousands of Erie County residents
Alicia Scott-Barbour sat patiently inside the cramped waiting area of Erie City Mission's Family Care Center food pantry.
The 28-year-old mother of two had a purple backpack across her shoulders, and her 3-year-old daughter in a stroller.
The pantry, located at 719 French St., opened at 9 a.m. Thursday. Fifteen minutes later, it was packed with about 70 people. Every chair was filled.
Scott-Barbour goes to the pantry
2013 Bread Box Award Winners
Posted: 10/17/2013 3:54:53 PM
Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA held their 25th annual Bread Box Awards on Thursday, October 25th. This event recognizes the numerous organizations, businesses, schools and individuals that have organized fundraisers and food collections to benefit Second Harvest.
Finalist Awards are presented in nine categories: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College/Technical School, Individual, Church, Organization, Small Business and Large Business. Awards are based on points earned for creativity, community awareness of hunger issues, and amount of food or funds collected.
The recipient of the main award, an actual bread box engraved with the winner’s name, is selected from the first place category winners.
The 2013 Bread Box Award Winners:
1st Place Awards
2013 Bread Box Award
2013 Bread Box Award
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church
2013 Bread Box Award
C&S Wholesale Grocers Grant
Posted: 7/1/2013 9:19:54 AM
Two-Year Grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers Delivers in DuBois
When the Second Harvest mobile food pantry truck pulls into the Wasson Elementary School parking lot on the second Saturday of each month, the waiting parents from DuBois know that they will go home with food that makes the difference between three meals a day and inadequate nutrition for their families.
That’s what 50 percent of parents who completed a brief survey at a recent mobile food pantry distribution had to say. And 76 percent said the mobiles help to improve the health of their family.
The Second Harvest mobiles at Wasson are possible only through a generous two-year grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. The grant funds the costs associated with transporting donated food and making it available at the mobiles. The
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Woodforest Charitable Foundation Presents Check
Posted: 6/13/2013 2:59:23 PM
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania recently received a $1,750 donation from the Woodforest Charitable Foundation and Woodforest National Bank.
The Woodforest Charitable Foundation is committed to partnering with agencies in the mission to overcome hunger in the communities in which Woodforest National Bank serves. Since 2008, the Foundation has made donations to food banks in excess of $1,740,494.
Presenting the check (left to right) is: Heidi Piotrowski, WNB branch manager, Edinboro, Pa.; Karen S. Seggi, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank of NWPA; and Martha Delaplaine, WNB branch manager, Harborcreek, PA.
PNC Charitable Trusts Benefit Venango County
Posted: 5/28/2013 9:50:46 AM
Grants totaling $15,000 from two charitable trusts are fueling deliveries of food to Venango County this year. Awarded in fall 2012, the grants are providing eight mobile food pantry distributions as well as credit lines to nine traditional food pantries – to cover their orders from Second Harvest’s inventory.
Funding for the mobiles is being provided by the Frederick & Ellen Fair Memorial Charitable Trust, which is administered by PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee. So far, two of the mobile distributions have been conducted – in Polk, by Polk United Methodist Church at the Fire Station, and in Pleasantville, by Pleasantville United Methodist Church in their parking lot. Distributions are planned for five locations throughout Venango County,
The Backpack Program Helps Children
Posted: 4/24/2013 1:31:04 PM
BackPack program helps feed Erie children
Every Friday, Jamaica Woodard brings a backpack home with her from school.
Inside, along with homework and work sheets, is food meant to help get the 9-year-old third-grader through the weekend: soup, cereal, crackers, canned spaghetti in tomato sauce with meatballs, potato chips.
The bag helps when food stamps and Kimberly Davis' paycheck from a part-time job at Mighty
Second Harvest Receives Grant
Posted: 4/2/2013 11:23:28 AM
Darden Restaurants Award Grant to the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA
Grant is one of more than 850 awarded through Darden’s 2nd annual Restaurant Community Grants program
The Second Harvest Food Bank has been selected to receive a grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation
, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc. The grants program, now in its second year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable Second Harvest to continue in its mission to provide food for the hungry and eliminate the waste of food in 11 counties.
Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with
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Grandview Elementary Learns About Hunger
Posted: 3/12/2013 8:51:39 AM
Grandview elementary in Millcreek hosts 'hunger games'
BY SEAN MCCRACKEN, Erie Times-News
Most students at a school like Grandview Elementary School in Millcreek Township don't have a firsthand understanding of what it's like to not have enough food.
So a local food bank decided to show some of those students why it's important for those who have plenty to give to those who don't.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania brought its version of the hunger games to Grandview's fourth graders on Wednesday. But instead of gladiatorial games and teens with bows and arrows from books and film, they sought to show students that food is a finite resource for many in the area.
"We're trying to teach kids, in a fun and safe way, about hunger and that the Second Harvest Food Bank has a presence," said Heather Musacchio, communications manager at the Second Harvest Food Bank of
GEICO Funds Mobile Pantry In Bradford, Pa.
Posted: 3/4/2013 11:46:33 AM
A mobile food pantry was held by the Second Harvest Food Bank for the first time at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Bradford, Pa. The program was funded by a generous grant from GEICO and was well-received in the community that it served. There were 3,344 pounds of food distributed to 80 households. Pictured below are volunteers who distributed food to those in need.
Vernondale Elementary Donates Soup
Posted: 2/20/2013 12:05:26 PM
Vernondale Elementary School held a Soup'd Up Valentine food drive in the month of February with a goal of 1,000 cans of soup. Students pictured won the "Tummy Growler Award" for the class that collected the most soup and the student body collectively donated 1,021 cans of soup to Second Harvest to help provide for those in need during this cold season.