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The demand for food assistance in Central Pennsylvania has climbed by 15% since March, and food insecurity is near the same high level as it was at the outset of COVID-19. The pandemic emergency relief programs, including the emergency allotments of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the expanded Child Tax Credit, proved enormously effective at providing economic stability for working families. Sadly, Congress chose not to extend these expanded relief programs and, coupled with rising costs, working families in the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s 27-county service territory today are spending on average $503 more per month for their expenses, including 10.4% more for food.

September is Hunger Action Month, a time when the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank joins with Feeding America food banks across the U.S. to raise awareness on the issue of hunger in our communities and raise our collective voices to advocate, educate and work together to end hunger & food insecurity.

Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization with a mission of fighting hunger, improving lives, and strengthening communities. It provides nutritious meals for more than 200,000 neighbors each month by working with its 1,050 partner agencies and with the critical help of more than 15,000 volunteers. Its Bold Goal is to provide access to enough nutritious food for everyone struggling with hunger in each of the 27 Central Pennsylvania counties it serves by working with its collaborative network and convening and nurturing partnerships to make progress toward ending hunger. Recognizing that there is a direct correlation between hunger and being marginalized, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is committed to working against racism and other systemic obstacles that prevent people from thriving.

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