The Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County has been serving Mercer County, PA since 1983. They are a member of on of our Charity Miles app organizations Feeding America. Community Food Warehouse serves over 4,200 families in Mercer County, through their 33 member agencies. They purchase and warehouse the food, while agencies distribute it to those in need. The member agencies are made up of soup kitchens, food pantries, and after-school programs for kids, and are located all over the county.
This fall the Community Food Warehouse will hold,The Sixth Annual Race to End Hunger 5k/2 Mile Walk & Kid’s Fun Run. The Race is on Saturday, September 19th at LindenPointe in Hermitage, PA. The first five races raised an accumulative of almost $170,000. They are hoping to raise over $40,000 this year alone. The net proceeds from the race are used to purchase food, particularly during the summer months, which are traditionally very lean months for food banks. They don’t receive as many donations or food from food drives during those months. At the end of the race have a drawing for $1000 for all participants who cross the finish line (except for the participants of the kid’s fun run)! The business or organization which forms the largest team will win the Myron Award (named after Myron the Monkey our Hunger Awareness Mascot). Would you like to race? You can register online here.
Other then the race The Community Food Warehouse has an annual Backpack program. The Backpack Program is currently in 9 school districts and serves over 800 students. The cost per child is $25 a month, for the 9 months of the school year.($225 for the year, per child). The bags that the students receive each week throughout the school year contain two entrees, two fruits, two cereals, 2 milks, 2 juices, and 3 snacks. Most of the children in the program are already participants in the government’s free lunch program. Distribution is handled discreetly by school staff to maintain confidentiality- the bags are the perfect size to fit into an elementary school student’s backpack. You can make a monetary donations through their website http://www.foodwarehouse.org. You can also support The Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County by logging miles for Feeding America which they are members of.