“What you have in your food pantry is what we need in ours”
On behalf of the eight local food pantries located throughout Centre County, the Office of Adult Services wants to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our volunteers, supporters, donors and community members.
We want to take a moment to educate you on the importance of the food pantries. In 2013, we served 6,119 individuals through our food pantries. This includes children, adults and the elderly. We serve individuals and families struggling to pay bills and provide nutritional meals, whether long term or due to recent struggles. The food allows families to supplement their grocery budget with a monthly food provision.
We all know the importance that nutrition has in our everyday lives. We want to provide a variety of foods that families can be offered to allow dietary needs to be recognized if desired by an individual and/or family. By highlighting the importance of all types of food at our food pantries, we hope to promote, encourage and support a healthy community.
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Please consider this list as a starting point to assist you as you shop, donate and/or organize a food drive. We are unable to purchase certain items with state and federal funding such as condiments, spices and baking items. We would prefer to receive food products prior to their “best buy” dates.
• Oils including vegetable, olive and canola, bottled or spray
• Grains such as whole wheat items, rice, quinoa and oats
• Canned items including fruits, vegetables, soups and meats (tuna, chicken, beef); also consider low-sodium and low-fat items
• Frozen foods including vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, quick meals and breakfast foods
• Soups of all kinds including low-sodium, and low-fat varieties
• Pasta of all types including macaroni and cheese and ravioli
• Saces such as pasta and cooking sauces
• Condiments including mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, jelly, salad dressing and meat marinades
• Baking items such as cake, brownie and cookie mixes; pudding, gelatin; and sugar-free and gluten free items
• Peanut butter
• Diabetic-approved foods
• Drink such as milk, juice, bottled water and coffee
• Laundry detergent
• Paper towels
• Toilet paper
• Paper plates
• Plastic service ware
• Coffee filters
• Dish detergent
• Bath soap
• Hand soap
• Cleaning products
If you are interested in donating fresh produce, please contact your local food pantry to inquire about donations, delivery, etc. We encourage monetary donations to allow each food pantry to shop for its needs.
Please feel free to contact any of the food pantries with questions. Each pantry has designated days and times for distributions. You are welcome to visit the Centre County Government website to learn more about each food pantry and where you can be served based on your residency: http://centrecountypa.gov/index.aspx?NID=312 or you may call our office at 814-355-6768. Again, we ‘Thank you’ the Centre County community for its continued support.