Department of Agriculture is helping low-income Pennsylvanians access
The Bureau of Food Assistance is a vital part of the process that helps move food from the farm to the dinner table so more Pennsylvanians can share in the harvest. Using state and federal resources, the bureau works with Pennsylvania's regional food banks, more than 800 school food authorities, and nearly 3,000 local food pantries, lead agencies, soup kitchens, shelters, and other local non-profit organizations to distribute food products and funding.
Pennsylvania is a
national leader and pioneer in combating hunger and finding ways to cut
administrative costs while providing better service to its constituents.
The Bureau manages
Pennsylvania's food and funding allocations for programs such as The Emergency
Food Assistance Program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, National School
Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program, Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Senior
Farmers Market Nutrition Program, State Food Purchase Program, and
others. This work is done in conjunction with USDA and many local partners
who make up the state's charitable food system.
The Bureau can be
reached at 800-468-2433, or e-mailing at, RA-Fooddist@pa.gov
Feeding Programs and Resources:
Information on local emergency feeding programs and resources is also available through the USDA National Hunger Hotline. If you need food assistance, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE to speak with a representative who will find food resources such as meal sites, food banks, and other social services available near your location. The USDA National Hunger Hotline operates from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Eastern Time.
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