Feeding Pennsylvania promotes and aids our member food banks in securing food and other resources to reduce hunger and food insecurity in their communities and across Pennsylvania.

What is Contract Planting?

January 4, 2021

In Pennsylvania, there are more than 52,000 farms spanning over 7.3 million acres across the state. With this abundance of resources, there should be no reason anyone should be struggling with hunger, yet more than 2 million Pennsylvanians are struggling with hunger every day, nearly 630,000 of whom are children. That is why agricultural partnerships are of utmost importance to Feeding Pennsylvania and our member food banks.

The issue of food security requires various partnerships and collaborations across a range of stakeholders to provide increased access to fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy, protein, and grains to families who need it most. Thanks to our relationships in the agriculture community, Feeding Pennsylvania’s food banks are able to offer a diverse range of food to our clients while supporting local farmers, processors, and distributors.

One partnership that Feeding Pennsylvania is looking to expand is contract planting. Through contract planting, we work with you to partner with your local food bank as you prepare for your production. This program can help cover your costs associated with harvesting, processing, packaging, and transportation, all while increasing access to nutritious food for Pennsylvania families who need it most.

The Contract Planting Process:

Step 1: Determine what food bank you would coordinate with by your region.

Step 2: Discuss the needs of the food bank and possible products to contract.

Step 3: Estimate details including the time, availability, quantity, price, basic business info, etc.

Step 4: Finalize details with the food bank, grower, and Feeding Pennsylvania

Not all products or farms are the same, so we will work together to come up with a plan that will not only benefit Pennsylvania farms but also help our Pennsylvania neighbors in need.

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Tom Mainzer at or call 717-257-9850.