Letter To The Editor: Stamp Out Hunger 2014
Posted: 5/7/2014 8:44:53 AM
Printed May 6, 2014
Saturday, May 10th marks the 22nd anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving- the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Local letter carriers walk through the communities in northwest Pennsylvania every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many, hunger. So, each year on the second Saturday in May, local letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations from mailboxes. These donations go directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank and our member agencies to provide food to people in our region who need our help.
Last year, we collected over 105 thousand pounds of food locally, providing an estimated 735,000 meals to people in need. The current need for food donations is great. Currently,
Second Harvest's Produce Express Program
Posted: 4/1/2014 9:27:36 AM
Food Program Gives Fresh Produce to Erie's Poor
By GERRY WEISS, Erie Times-News
March 19, 2014
Registration is underway for a program designed to put free fresh produce and other grocery items in the hands of Erie's poorest residents.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania's Produce Express initiative will distribute blueberries, apples, tomatoes, strawberries and other assorted produce on Monday in the Wayne School parking lot, 650 East Ave., beginning at 3 p.m.
Individuals must qualify, live below federal poverty guidelines, and preregister to receive the food. Erie has some of the highest poverty rates in Pennsylvania.
Area residents can register by calling the
Highmark Grant For $25,000 Supports Backpacks
Posted: 3/3/2014 10:10:12 AM
A program that provides food on weekends and holidays to Erie School District students living in poverty got a financial boost Friday.
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield provided a $25,000 grant to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania's backpack program.
The grant will provide food for 189 students. The program overall provides more than 1,000 children living in poverty with nutritious food over 33 weekends during the school year.
The school district and Second Harvest partnered in January 2011 to be part of Feeding America's nationwide backpack program.
About 1,050 students in Erie receive the free food in all 12 of the district's elementary schools.
"With many children living in food-insecure households, I am very grateful for
Walmart Grants $125,000 For Backpacks In Erie
Posted: 2/24/2014 8:49:20 AM
Walmart awards $125,000 to continue efforts to end child hunger in northwest PA
Funds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank's BackPack Program
ERIE, Pa., February 11, 2014 --- The Walmart Foundation today announced $125,000 in funding to continue its mission to eradicate child hunger in northwest Pennsylvania. The grant will support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania’s BackPack Program, which provides healthy, nutritious meals to children in need at elementary schools throughout northwest Pennsylvania. The grant will specifically provide BackPacks to children in the Erie School District. It brings the Foundation’s total support for the program to $200,000.
“The Walmart Foundation is proud to support the Second Harvest Food Bank. The innovative BackPack Program has already had a major impact for hundreds of children in northwestern Pennsylvania and we want to do even more,” said