Food Donation Sources
How Food Donations Help Neighbors in Need
Food donations from individuals like you are a valuable part of fulfilling the Food Bank's mission. When you donate food, volunteers check the expiration dates, then sort it for placement on shelves to be available for clients. Depending on the volume of specific items, some food may be shared with other agencies or food pantries in Centre County. It’s helpful to check the Greatest Needs list before making your donation, or before conducting a food drive, to assure that you are making the biggest impact!
Food donations are also received through The Federal Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP), and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
Food drives are a popular way for community groups to give, and the Food Bank is grateful to benefit from food drives conducted by:
- the Letter Carriers' annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive
- the Boy Scouts' annual Scouting for Food drive
- Grocery stories, local churches and community groups
- Student groups at our local schools
Donation Drop-off Hours
On a typical day at the Food Bank, hundreds of pounds of donated food are received from a variety of sources including individuals, organizations, church groups, businesses, etc. While the generosity of the local community is appreciated, some items cannot be used and must be discarded due to food safety guidelines and governmental regulations. Discarding product is a financial expense to the Food Bank since trash removal is paid by volume.
The following list provides a description of products that cannot be accepted and distributed to Food Bank clients.
- Expired Items - All donated items that are past the expiration date cannot be distributed
- Homemade/Home Canned Foods - It is unknown how and when homemade foods were processed, which is a food safety concern
- Opened/Partially Used Items - Partially used items cannot be distributed
- Items Containing Alcohol - This includes Vodka Sauce, Red Wine Vinegar, Vanilla Extract, etc.
- Dented/Damaged Packaging - Donated items that are severely dented or damaged cannot be distributed (including rusty cans)
- Over-the-Counter Medicines
- Baby Food and Formula - These items often have to be discarded since many clients qualify for WIC and are not in need of these things
- Bags - Due to health code and State College Food Bank policy, used bags cannot be accepted
Refer to the Current Needs List for the most up to date list of items the State College Food Bank is looking for donations.
Garden items are greatly appreciated from any garden. The following garden items are accepted:
- Green Peppers
- Yellow Squash
- And other items too!
Clients visit the Food Bank for more than just food! Individuals and families need non-food items like diapers, feminine products, personal care products (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.) and household supplies. Food Bank volunteers also need supplies like food storage bags, trash bags, office supplies, paper towels, and toilet paper.
To learn more about our current non-food needs here at the Food Bank, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814.234.2310.
Q: Do you accept venison or wild game?