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Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to Announce New Initiative in York County with PA First Lady Frances

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June 24, 2019
Nonprofit partnership produces report identifying 4-million-pound food supply gap and recommendations to close this gap.
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s leadership, along with Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, and leaders from Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, New Hope Ministries, the York County Food Alliance, the York County Food Bank and the York County Community Foundation will formally introduce the results of a report analyzing the food distribution system in York County. Other state legislative and York County leadership will also be on site. Speakers will unveil the results of the report and recommended action items. Visual maps of York County’s food insecure and gaps in food distribution will be available. 
Confirmed Speakers include:
  • Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
  • Secretary for the Department of Human Services Teresa Miller
  • York County President Commissioner Susan Byrnes
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Executive Director Joe Arthur
  • Memorial Health Fund Board Chair, Chloe R. Eichelberger
Other confirmed attendees include:
  • Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Cheryl Cooke
  • Jacob Tayler, of Congressman Lloyd Smucker’s office
  • PA Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill
  • PA Rep. Mike Jones
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will hold a news conference at the York County Community Foundation to release a report on the food distribution system in York County. Funded by the Memorial Health Foundation and completed by The Food Trust, the report’s analysis identified a 4-million-pound gap in food provided to the food insecure in York County. 
More than 100 food providers and distributors exist in the county, providing 11.6 million pounds of food per year to the 55,000 people in York County struggling with hunger. However, many people in need are not getting the nutritious food they need. The report, “A Seat at the Table: Evaluating the Charitable Food System in York County, Pennsylvania,” includes visual maps depicting the areas with high food insecurity and the overlay of where food is distributed to meet the needs. The report also includes nine recommendations to improve the charitable food distribution system to close the meal gap with nutritious food. 
The York County Community Foundation
14 West Market Street, York PA 17401
Parking: Metered parking along Market Street or King Street Garage
Friday, June 21, 11:30 a.m.
About the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. By working with more than 1,000 local agencies and partner programs, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank serves nearly 140,000 people in need every month. For more information on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania, visit centralpafoodbank.org or call 717-564-1700.

Jennifer Sands
Communications Manager
570-768-0921 (cell)