Vision and Mission Statement

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

Our Mission - To provide food security, directly or indirectly, to people in Centre County. 


The State College Food Bank has a mission to provide food security, directly or indirectly, to people in Centre County, thus ensuring that no one in Centre County goes hungry regardless of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, creed, or disability. We are committed to making our community a better place through our mission and programs, and our primary focus is to ensure access to healthy and nutritious food for anyone who is in need of our support and assistance.


The State College Food Bank consists of a volunteer Board of Directors, an Executive Director, a Business Manager, an Operations Manager, an Operations Assistant, and more than 100 volunteers.

Board of Directors

  • Jens Thorsen, President
  • Gail Hurley, Vice President 
  • Cindy Polinski, Secretary
  • Adam Fleming, Treasurer
  • Rich Barrickman
  • Kelly Ernico
  • Doug Kolbe
  • Dan Lee
  • John Lhota
  • Kelly Loviscky
  • Lori McTavish
  • Rob Pangborn


The Food Bank utilizes staff to work with clients, monitor grocery distributions for consistency, maintain food inventories, coordinate food drives, manage 100+ active volunteers, as well as engage in grant writing, speaking engagements, and community relations.
Allayn Beck, Executive Director
Virginia Meadows, Operations Manager 
Heather Lee, Business Manager 
Benjamin Schell, Operations Assistant 
Jennifer Finkle, Operations Assistant