How To Qualify

 

Step 1:

In order to use the State College Food Bank: 

  • You must reside in the Boroughs of State College or Port Matilda or one of the following townships: Ferguson, Harris, College, Patton, Halfmoon, Taylor, Worth or Huston (If you are not sure of your township, click here for a map.)
  • You must have a referral from one of the agencies listed below
  • You must fall within the income set below*.

Step 2:

Meet with one of agencies (see list below). If you qualify, they will provide you with a written referral.

Safety Net Partners (approved referring agencies)

  • Centre Helps (open 24/7)
    • 814.237.5855 or 24 hour Hotline at 800.494.2500
    • 410 S Fraser St, State College, PA
  • Centre Volunteers in Medicine
    • 814.231.4043
    • 2520 Green Tech Dr, Suite D, State College, PA  16803
  • Salvation Army 
    • 814.861.1785
    • 2603 E College Ave, Suite G, State College, PA 16801
  • If you work with any of the following agencies, check with your case manager for eligibility:
    • Strawberry Fields
    • Housing Transitions
    • Centre Safe 

At times, a one-time referral can be provided for individuals with unusual situations. Emergency 24-hour assistance is available through Centre Helps: 814.237.5855, 410 S. Fraser St., State College, PA 16801

 

Step 3:


Bring the referral with you to the Food Bank during regular distribution hours. First time clients, coming for their first distribution, MUST come to the Food Bank on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 2:00-3:00pm

At times, a one-time referral can be provided for individuals with unusual situations. Emergency 24-hour assistance is available through the  Centre Helps: 814.237.5855, 410 S. Fraser St, State College, PA 16801.

Eligible clients will be approved for 12 regular distributions in a 12 month period, with at least 30 days between visits.  The 12 times a year does not include any additional distributions, such as the Thanksgiving and Holiday dinner distributions.

 

Income Qualifications effective 7/1/2019 -- 6/30/20*:

Household Size Annual Income Monthly Income Weekly Income
 1 $18,735 $1,561 $360
 2 $25,365 $2,114 $488
 3 $31,995 $2,666 $615
 4 $38,625 $3,219 $743
 5 $45,255 $3,771 $870
 6 $51,885 $4,324 $998
 7 $58,515 $4,876 $1,125
 8 $65,145 $5,429 $1,253
For each additional family member add: $6,630 $553 $128

 

 * If a client's income is more than the set amount above, we will work with the case managers/clients on a case-by-case basis.