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We are a member agency
of the
Centre County United Way

State College Area Food Bank

Making Donations to the Food Bank

Did you know...It costs the Food Bank $25 to provide a week's worth of groceries for a family of two, including fresh milk, eggs, and frozen meat?


Financial Donations

Sustaining Donations

Miscellaneous Donations

Whichever you choose, the Food Bank of State College Area, Inc. is a 501(c3) non-profit organization - donations to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. We are registered with Pennsylvania's Department of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations. The Official registration and financial information of The Food Bank of State College Area, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

As you will not receive anything of value in exchange for your contribution, the entire amount of your donation may be tax deductible. Please check with your tax advisor.

Please Note: The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (or South Central Food Bank) is located in Harrisburg, PA, and is a supply source of food for the State College Food Bank. It is a separate entity from the State College Food Bank.


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Food Donations

We receive food from the Federal Emergency Food Assistance Program and the State Food Purchase Program, and we obtain food from the South Central Food Bank (our nearest Second Harvest food bank).

In addition, we also receive food donations from:

  • the Letter Carriers' annual food drive
  • the Scouting for Food annual food drive
  • many smaller food drives sponsored by numerous groups and organizations in our community
  • local churches,
  • grocery stores and other businesses, and
  • group and individual donors...like YOU!

Tammy Reese, Receiver at Target, State College saves items with damaged packaging for donation to the Food Bank. Items include diapers, cleaning supplies, and paper products. Thanks Target and Tammy, our clients really appreciate it!


Our needs fluctuate from week to week, however certain times of the year are more conducive to large food drives than others. For example, during May and November we are the beneficiary of several large food drives and our storage areas overflow. February/March and July/August are slower times for donations, and our stocks get low. If you are planning a food drive, let's talk about the most effective timing.

Food donations can be brought directly to the Food Bank or put in specially marked drop boxes at local churches and other organizations in our community. Informed donations are best, please review our guidelines for assistance in determining what can be accepted.

Donations are accepted at our location on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 9:00 - noon. If this is not possible, please email operations@scfoodbank.org. Large donations are by appointment only as they may require delivery to our alternate storage facility.

In addition, donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Note from Stor-All: Christmas is over and winter has settled in over Happy Valley. We at Stor-All hope you had a great holiday season and the new year brings good fortune to you and your family. A big THANK YOU! to all of you who dropped donations at our location over the Holiday season. Your generosity helped The Food Bank, Toys for Tots, and the Salvation Army make the holiday season a little brighter. We can all hope that the need won't be as great next year.

Remember, we are a year round collectionpoint for the Centre County Food Bank.

  • The UPS Store, 19 Colonnade Way (Across from Wegmans)
  • Balfurds Dry Cleaning, 215 S. Atherton (corner of Beaver & Atherton)
  • Sovereign Bank State College branches:
    • 1780 S Atherton St
    • 216 W. College Ave.

Please check out our Needs List page to see our current needs.


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Financial Donations

Financial donations come in many forms: cash/checks, gift cards, and gift certificates. All are welcome.

We also accept credit card donations on our secure website with Click and Pledge. Just click the "Donate Now" icon in the lefthand column - it's safe and easy!

In addition to the many individual donors, we also receive financial support from:

  • the Centre County United Way,
  • the Emergency Food and Shelter Program,
  • CROP Walk,
  • the State College Area High School's Empty Bowls Project,
  • the Downtown Rotary Club,
  • Religious congregations,
  • and business and service organizations.
We use our cash donations for many purposes:
  • To purchase fresh milk, eggs, and meat to include with our nonperishable orders.
  • For purchases from Second Harvest. We get enormous value for these dollars, as Second Harvest enables us to pay pennies for items such as cereal, salad dressings, and even some frozen meats.
  • To purchase essential foods that might be low in supply on our shelves.
  • For operating expenses such as office supplies and phone service so our clients and volunteers can maintain contact with us.

Such gifts ensure our continued ability to serve our clients!

Did you know...that you can designate part or all of your United Way contribution to the State College Area Food Bank?

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Sustaining Donations

The Food Bank recently established a fund with the Centre County Community Foundation. Please consider supporting us well into the future by contributing to this fund! To learn more about the opportunities available through CCCF, please consult their Web site at http://www.centrecountycf.org/

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Miscellaneous Donations

The Food Bank can always use items to help us service our clients such as plastic trash bags, 1 gallon food storage bags, plastic/latex gloves, hand sanitizer, outdoor work gloves (for carrying garbage, etc.), and office items such as copy paper, pens, paper clips, etc. If you have any such items to donate, please contact operations@scfoodbank.org to determine our current needs.

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Copyright © 2003

Food Bank of the State College Area, Inc.
276 West Hamilton Avenue
State College, PA 16801
(814) 234-2310

This page was last modified on January 10, 2014
Questions or Comments regarding this site can be sent to operations@scfoodbank.org