2nd Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA is the keystone agency for addressing the hunger crisis in Erie and our surrounding communities. They service over 11 counties and contribute to several types of emergency food programs including: food pantries, soup kitchens, and short-term shelters.
Second Harvest shelters provide emergency food to an estimated 72,600 different people annually! 30% are children under 18, 11% are seniors age 65 and older. About 20,700 different people receive food assistence in any given week.
69% of region households have income below the federal poverty level.
These statistics are gathered from a recent survey conducted by 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA.
Extensive information including a summary of their findings can be found here.