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Tons More Food For York's Hungry Families

The amount of food distributed to local pantries and soup kitchens through the County’s primary food distribution program has nearly doubled over the last two years, the York County Board of Commissioners announced today.

The total amount of food distributed in 2012-2013 is up by 384 tons (97 percent) compared to two years before. It increased by 235 tons (43 percent) compared to last year.

More than 13,878 different York County households received food through the program. In total, there were more than 74,000 visits to local agencies for food distributed through the program. 

The large increases in distribution come despite declining state funding for the County-managed program. 

“In tough economic times, we’ve stretched every available dollar to deliver more meals than ever to our community’s hungry families,” said York County President Commissioner Steve Chronister. “It is part of our continuing commitment to serving the community in the most efficient and effective way possible.”

The growth comes after the County two years ago switched partners for the program, called the State Food Purchase Program, to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The switch followed a rigorous program review and an open bidding process. 

A total of 780 tons of food (including 354 tons of fresh produce) was distributed in 2012-2013 to local pantries through the program. That contrasts with 396 tons of food distributed in 2010-2011, and 545 tons in 2011-2012.

State funding for the program has declined $13,027 (3 percent) over that timeframe.

“I’m proud to say that, despite the funding cuts, there are nearly twice as many meals available today for local families than there were two years ago through this program,” Chronister said. “We’re doing our best to make sure no families in York County go hungry.“

Besides an increase in food delivered through the program, local pantries and the community are also experiencing a variety of other benefits due in large part to the county’s partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for the SFPP program.

In 2012-2013:

  • The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provided $5,500 for freezers and product handling equipment to York County agencies.
  • In February 2013, the Food Bank dispersed $39,500 in financial assistance to agencies in York County to purchase food. The bulk of the money went to State Food Purchase Program participants, but other agencies also benefited.

“We are extremely proud of our joint efforts in 2013 with York County and our 34 State Food program agencies to maximize the distribution of nutritious food to hungry families in York County,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “We are particularly excited to deliver so much fresh produce. We have received many, many compliments from happy consumers who tell us they otherwise would not be able to afford it.”

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 State Food Purchase Program Historical Figures For York County

Year  Food Distributed (pounds) Program Allocation
2012-2013           1,558,120 $423,473
2011-2012           1,090,705 $431,458
2010-2011              791,125 $436,500
2009-2010              801,786 $443,494
2008-2009              627,615 $427,707
2007-2008              633,932 $425,409

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