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Major Jump In Food For York County's Hungry Population

The York County Commissioners today announced that 545 tons of food was distributed last fiscal year to local pantries through the County’s primary food distribution program.

The amount of food distributed through the county-managed State Food Purchase Program increased by 150 tons (38 percent) compared to the year before.

“In tough economic times, we’ve stretched every available dollar to deliver more food  to our community’s hungry families,” said 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 last year switched providers for the program to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

In 2011-2012, 1,090,705 pounds of food was distributed to local pantries through the State Food Purchase Program.

That contrasts with 791,125 pounds of food distributed the year before. Comparing the two years, the amount of food distributed increased by 299,580 pounds (150 tons), or 38 percent, in 2011-2012.

The growth comes despite a decrease in available funding for the program. The county received $431,458 in funding in 2011-2012. It received $436,500 the year before.

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 use of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for the SFPP program.

In 2011-2012:

  • The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributed 540,000 pounds of food in excess of the 1.1 million distributed through the State Food Purchase Program. The food bank distributed a total of 173,000 pounds (86.5 tons) of fresh produce to York County pantries in 2011-2012.
  • $17,000 in capital equipment was supplied at no cost to pantries throughout York County during fiscal year 2011-2012. These are funds appropriated through the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s endowment fund, not through the SFPP contract. The purchased equipment (coolers, freezers, shelving, etc.) is used by pantries in York County to distribute the food they receive through the SFPP contract.

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Year  Food Distributed (lbs.) Program Allocation
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

 

Media Contact: Carl Lindquist, ycpio@yorkcountypa.gov 

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