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Food Assistance

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is helping low-income Pennsylvanians access nutritious food.

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 more than 1,800 local food banks and pantries, lead agencies, soup kitchens, and other local non-profit organizations to secure 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,

Local Emergency Feeding Programs and Resources: 

Information on local emergency feeding programs and resources is also available through the USDA National Hunger Hotline. The Hotline connects individuals in need to emergency food in their community, government assistance programs, and various social services. The Hotline can be reached at (866) 348-6479. Additional information on local programs and resources can also be found by visiting the USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse Database of Emergency Food Sites.

One Size Doesn't Fit All.  Provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.

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