Feeding Pennsylvania oversees a variety of statewide initiatives. While each program varies in size and scope, all are focused on using the resources of our food banks across the state to better serve those in need.
Fill a Glass with Hope®
Fill a Glass with Hope® is a partnership formed among Feeding Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, American Dairy Association North East, the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, agriculture partners, and business leaders that provides fresh milk to Pennsylvania families in need through Feeding Pennsylvania’s network of food banks.
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Fresh Produce Program
A national priority of Feeding America, “Foods to Encourage” include fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats, and fresh milk. Feeding Pennsylvania’s produce sourcing group, made up of representatives from all nine Feeding Pennsylvania food banks and Feeding America produce sourcing specialist Rob Amsterdam, work together to improve the distribution of produce throughout the state, from goods coming into the Port of Philadelphia to produce grown here in Central Pennsylvania’s rich farmland. Feeding Pennsylvania is also a partner with other Feeding America organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, all working towards the goal of making more fresh produce available to families in need.
Many veterans and currently-enlisted members of the United States Armed Forces, along with their families, struggle with hunger, homelessness, and poverty. In November of 2015, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank responded to this need by creating a program called Military Share. By partnering with VFW posts, armories, and AMVETS locations, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank was able to provide assistance while maintaining dignity and helping those who serve the United States in times of need. In March of 2016, the program was presented to Feeding Pennsylvania’s board by the original coordinators from the CPFB, in order to expand the program statewide.