Second Food Drive Planned For Penn State Harrisburg Students

Area Need for Non-Perishable Food and Toiletries Items

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When Penn State Board member, Dianne Colestock, heard there was a serious need for food items and toiletries in the community, she did not hesitate to plan a second drive-thru food drive. This one is being held on May 1st, at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 East Water Street, Middletown, PA, between the hours of 9am and 12pm. This food drive is being held for the We cARE Pantry, located at the Penn State Harrisburg.

We are asking for donations of non-perishable foods (i.e. cereal, tuna fish, canned meats, spaghetti and sauce, canned vegetables, soups, and crackers) as wll as toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton swabs, band aids, first aid cream, deodorants.

You may not be aware, we have quite a number of Penn State Harrisburg students who are from out of state and even out of the country.  These donations will help replenish the diminishing supply at the We cARE Pantry on campus.

The eating habits of young adults are often depicted in a comical light, but there’s nothing funny about food insecurity, currently affecting thousands of college students across America. Faced with the decision to either pay for food or school, many students choose to put their higher education first. While this is commendable, it also means that at any given time, an estimated 36 percent of students do not know where their next meal will come from.

Clearly, hunger is a real problem for today’s students, including those at Penn State Harrisburg. The college’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for its students has gone one step further with the opening of the WE cARE food pantry. Organizers of the pantry hope that it will alleviate some of the financial stress faced by students on campus by providing a place for them to have safe access to food.


The WE cARE pantry allows all students who present a Penn State id+ card to select the food they need from the pantry shelves and take it home for free, no questions asked.

The food bank is able to operate through the partnership and generous support of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, which provides the WE cARE food pantry with donated food at 18 cents per pound. The pantry is located in Room 309, Church Hall, and is open Mondays from 3 to 5 pm and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm.


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