Through our 8 programs and 34 agencies, we serve over 4,200 families, in Mercer County.
If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call us at 724-981-0353. We will connect you to your nearest food pantry.
The Backpack Program, a nationwide program of Feeding America, serves over 900 elementary and middle school children in 9 school districts throughout Mercer County. Eligible children deemed to be chronically hungry receive nutritious and child-friendly food for weekends during the school year. The premise behind the program is that there are school children who do not get enough food outside of school as food may be scarce at home due to varied economic reasons. Some children do not get much to eat after lunchtime on Fridays until breakfast at school on Mondays.
This volunteer-driven program boasts a volunteer base of over 200 who pack and deliver food bags and fundraise for their respective school district. Some school districts pack at the food bank and others at sites closer to their schools. A child can be sponsored for $225 per school year.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program or Senior Food Box Program is a federal food program, designed to improve the health of senior citizens. Food for the program is provided by the USDA’s Agency of Food and Nutrition Service. Once a month, volunteers pack food boxes for senior citizens participating in the senior box distribution. Volunteers may also be needed to assist with deliveries to the senior box distribution sites around the county.
Harvest Helpings provides fresh year-around produce to food insecure households through the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coop and PASS (Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System), as well as local farmers. Fresh produce adds a higher nutritional content to the list of typical shelf-stable food items offered at pantries.
MilitaryShare provides private food distributions throughout the county at specially designated sites for veterans, active duty and inactive military personnel and their families who are struggling to make ends meet. Distributions occur every other month throughout the year. Donations are needed to support this program.
Community Food Warehouse, in partnership with Feeding Pennsylvania, American Dairy Association Northeast and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association helped build the first statewide charitable fresh milk program in recent years. This program made it possible for food banks to offer this highly requested perishable commodity to food-insecure families and individuals that they could previously not supply. Approximately 1,800 half gallons of milk are distributed each month.
CFWMC is the lead agency for Mercer County for state funding for the purchase of nutritionally sound food items. Learn more.
Local store donations of meats, canned goods, produce, and non-food items. Learn more.
TEMPORARY EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TEFAP)
CFWMC is the lead agency for USDA commodities allocated to Mercer County. Learn more.