Food bank aims to provide 3 healthy meals to all in need by 2025

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Sep 24, 2015 4:41 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A nonprofit that serves the midstate is setting an ambitious goal - provide three nutritious meals a day for everyone who needs help.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank says it will have to double donations in the next ten years to achieve its goal, but its executive director is confident.

Joe Arthur says its annual growth has been hitting twenty percent for the past four years, with the help of corporations, foundations and volunteers.

Arthur says partner agencies help people find a way out of poverty, but the food bank answers the most pressing issue.

"One of the best things that we can do for them, is help them handle the today needs, the food and nutrition. If we can take that burden away from our partners, then they can focus on some of those family sustainability issues," he says.

It will also try to connect people with government help like food stamps, since some people don't know they're eligible.

He says food bank staff will work with midstate school districts to write grant applications to start breakfast, after-school and summer meals programs.

"We're in a food rich area, both growing and food production. And also we have substantial resources from donors money-wise, people, companies, foundations," says Arthur.

About a third of the people served by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank are children.

The group is also working with Hunger-Free Lancaster County, a new coalition of churches, businesses, and local governments that aims to provide three healthy meals to people by 2018.

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