Faith Ryan, Director | Centre County Government, Office of Adult Services
One of several programs administered by Centre County Government’s Office of Adult Services is the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP); funding that is allocated to eight food pantries in the county. Last fiscal year, these food pantries collectively served 2,184 individuals with SFPP funds. That said, the number of families who are over-income for state-purchased foods, but in need food assistance to overcome a temporary crisis, continues to increase. This is especially true as more and more households loose income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While food pantry clients receive a variety of items, there are products that cannot be purchased with state dollars. They are also items that food pantries run out of quickly. Donation ideas include: Cereal, canned fruit (in 100% fruit juice), low-sodium canned vegetables, 100% fruit juice, condiments, baking products (flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.) personal items (toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap), detergents, cleaning supplies, and paper products.
Please consider making a donation to one of our eight in-network pantries. For more information, you can contact the Office of Adult Services (814-355-6768) or individual pantries. You can also visit www.centrecountypa.gov or www.centrecountyfood.org.
Bellefonte Faith Centre: 814-355-0880
Centre Hall/Potter Twp.: 814-531-6151
Penns Valley Community Action: 814-349-5850
Philipsburg Community Action: 814-342-0404
Snow Shoe/Mountaintop: 814-387-6230
Housing Transitions: 814-237-5508
State College Food Bank: 814-234-2310
On behalf of our department, we are grateful for our generous community members and all food pantry staff and volunteers who put in the extra time to help our residents in need.