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Centre County United Way
College Area Food Bank
2012 Fact Sheet
Mission: To provide emergency food to needy people in the State College Area and to assist the network of food pantries in Centre County.
The State College Area Food Bank’s service area encompasses the entire State College Area School District and Upper Bald Eagle Valley. Through our Centre Sorting Center re-donation program, we provide food to the other Centre County Food Banks to assist them in serving their clients.
A household can receive services up to 8 times per calendar year, with a referral from a Community Safety Net member organization. After eight visits, the client must work with a case manager in one of our partnering organizations to continue to receiving food assistance.
During the month of November and December, extra Holiday Bags and turkeys are distributed during regular service hours.
A client receives a supply of groceries sufficient for approximately one week. The size of the food order corresponds to the number of people in the household. In addition to the non-perishable foods, every grocery order includes shelf stable milk, fresh eggs and frozen meats. Fresh vegetables, day old breads, personal hygiene, cleaning products, baby food and baby supplies are also provided as available.
In 2012, the Food Bank received over 253,973 pounds of food. Food is acquired through community food drives (from local churches, schools and The Pennsylvania University), as well as from individual giving. In addition, the Food Bank receives food from the following:
Federal Emergency Food Assistance Program
State Food Purchase Program
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (Feeding America Program)
“Stamping out Hunger” organized by Letter Carriers (Spring)
“Scouting for Food” organized by the Boy Scouts (Fall)
Regular hours for client services are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10-Noon. Emergency food provided by our food bank is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week through the Community Help Center (237-5855 or (800) 494-2500).
In 2012, 821 unique households (includes households of all sizes) visited the food bank for services for a total of 3,184 visits.
- A total of 14,491 pre-packed bags were distributed during these visits.
- Approximately 37% of the household included children and another 10% were over the age of 60.
- Approximately 2,126 people comprise the 821 unique households.
- Of the 2,126 people, approximately 180 people used the Food Bank for the first time in 2012.
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