The Food Bank of the State College Area, Inc.

One day, no one will go hungry in Centre County.

How to use the Food Bank

Eligible clients will be approved for 12 regular distributions in a 12 month period, with at least 30 days between visits.  The twelve times a year does not include any additional distributions, such as the Thanksgiving and Holiday dinner distributions.

In order to use the State College Food: 

  • you must reside in the Boroughs of State College or Port Matilda or one of the following townships: Ferguson, Harris, College, Patton, Halfmoon, Taylor, Worth or Huston, AND
  • have a referral from one of the agencies listed below AND
  • fall within the income set below*.

If you are not sure of your township, click here for a map.

Step 1: Meet with one of agencies (see list below). If you qualify, they will provide you with a written referral.

Step 2: Bring the referral with you to the Food Bank during regular distribution hours.

Safety Net Partners (approved referring agencies)
  • Community Help Centre (open 24/7)
    • 814.237.5855 or 24 hour Hotline at 800.494.2500
    • 410 S Fraser St, State College, PA
  • Centre Volunteers in Medicine
    • 814.231.4043
    • 2520 Green Tech Dr, Suite D, State College, PA  16803
  • Salvation Army 
    • 814.861.1785
    • 2603 E College Ave, Suite G, State College, PA 16801
  • If you work with any of the following agencies, check with your case manager for eligibility:
    • Strawberry Fields
    • Housing Transitions
    • Women's Resource Center 
At times, a one-time referral can be provided for individuals with unusual situations. Emergency 24-hour assistance is available through the Community Help Centre: 814-237-5855, 410 S. Fraser St, State College, PA 16801.
Income Qualifications effective 7/1/2016*:
 Household Size Annual Income Monthly IncomeWeekly Income 
 1 $17,820 $1,485 $343 
 2 $24,030  $2,003  $462 
 3 $30,240  $2,520  $582 
 4 $36,450  $3,038  $701  
 5 $42,660  $3,555 $820
 6 $48,870 $4,073 $940
 7 $55,095  $4,591  $1,060
 8 $61,335 $5,111 $1,180
For each additional family member add:  $6,240 $520 $120
 * If a client's income is more than the set amount above, we will work with the case managers/clients on a case-by-case basis.