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
Farm Bill Passes House, Senate Vote Is Next
Posted: 1/31/2014 10:38:54 AM
After three years of negotiations, the House of Representatives has approved the Farm Bill by a vote of 251-166, with 15 members not voting on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
The Senate is expected to begin procedural moves this week so that a Senate vote on the Farm Bill will take place on Monday next week.
Highlights from the nutrition title include the following (all numbers are based on a ten-year budget):
- $8.55 billion cut to SNAP by tightening the “Heat and Eat” policy, which would affect the following states: California,
Drive Thru Food Drive In Meadville
Posted: 12/5/2013 9:13:25 AM
November 13, 2013
Communities respond to Holiday Food Drive
By Konstantine Fekos Meadville Tribune
MEADVILLE — Down from last year but still going strong is how Meadville volunteers described the 13th annual Drive-Thru Holiday Food Drive to benefit local food pantries that serve as member agencies of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania.
After Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. close at the Meadville drop-off site, the Tribune’s parking lot, site coordinators calculated approximately 6,269 pounds of food, $7,490.50 donated in cash, 46 frozen turkeys and, new this year, three hams.
This year’s numbers are down by about $500 and 75 turkeys, while the 2010 food donation record stands at
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