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    • I work during regular distribution hours.  Can someone pick up for me?

      • Definitely!  However, you will need to provide a hand-written note from you stating the name of the person picking up for you (they will be required to show identification), your name and social security number and your signature.

      • Since there are many choices, let them know your preferences and dietary restrictions.  We do not keep a record of your dietary needs.

    • Where do you receive the food?

      • The State College Food Bank receives food from the state, as well as donated product.

        • Donations are received from many community food drives via churches, businesses, public schools and Penn State departments/groups

        • Major food Drives:

          • Spring – Stamp Out Hunger by the local Postal Carriers

          • Fall – Scouting for Food by the local Boy Scouts

        • Feeding America Program – Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart and Target are just a few businesses that donate product to the Food Bank.  We also receive donations from Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Red Lobster and Olive Garden.

      • All donations whether it is from the government or a food drive is properly handled (i.e., gloves are worn for ready to eat foods), all food is stored at its proper temperature and all food is disposed of if it is unintentionally opened.

    • I walk to the Food Bank, can I use my own cart?

      • Of course you can!  Just let us know and we will make sure to put your name on your cart and will fill it.

      • Forgot your cart?  Leave a photo id and we will lend you one of our carts.

    • The weather is bad, are you closed?

      • If the State College School District is closed, we are closed for Client Services.

      • If the State College School District is running on a two hour delay or early dismissal we are still open for Client Services.

      • Closures are announced on the following Media:

    • WJAC-TV 6

    • WTAJ-TV 10

    • Cable Channel 4 & 3WZ

    • Forever Radio

    • Results Radio

    • Magnum

    • Centre Daily Times

    • Even though I am using the Food Bank, I am still finding it difficult to make ends meet.

      • The Food Bank is an agency of the Community Safety Net.  The Community Safety Net’s is a collaboration of private, nonprofit organizations that provide emergency, social service programs in Centre County.

      • If you ever feel that you need additional assistance with other items such as fuel bills, please contact the Community Help Center at 1-800-494-2500 or 814-237-5855.

      • Remember to check our bulletin boards for information from other agencies.

    • Where do you get the funding for operations and purchasing additional food?

      • The Food Bank receives funding from the following sources:

        • Individuals                                                      42%

        • Organizations/Congregations                     18%

        • Community Events                                          9%

        • United Way & other grants                          17%

        • Gift Card gifts & miscellaneous                   14%

    • Who are these people helping during distributions?

      • The Food Bank has a staff of three individuals, the Executive Director, Operations Manager and Operations Assistant

      • We depend on many volunteers who do the following:

        • Pick up donations and deliveries

        • Pack bags

        • Sort & Stock

        • Accept donations

        • Client Services – Registration, Grocery Assistants, Cart Runners

        • Data Entry

    • What if move to another region of Centre County?

      • The Food Bank of State College serves those that live in following Townships/Boroughs:  College, Ferguson, Harris, Halfmoon, Huston, Patton, Taylor and Worth Townships AND State College and Port Matilda Boroughs

      • Other areas of Centre County are covered by other Food Pantries including the Faith Center in Bellefonte, Centre Hall, etc. 

      • If you move, just let us know and we will give you the name and information for the Food Bank area you will be moving

    • Why do I have to take fruits and vegetables in my distribution?
      • Since we accept Federal and State foods and funding, we are required to distribute a certain items to make sure to cover all food groups
      • By accepting Federal and State Foods, we can then used monies received from local donations to buy the extras you see on our shelves, like coffee, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, etc.
      • Need ideas or recipes for these items, ask your Grocery Assistant