12 million pounds. That’s the amount of food Second Harvest Food Bank sent to its 200 nonprofit partners across six counties in 2019.
“We have apples, it’s a very Pennsylvania staple, apples and potatoes,” said Briana McGonagle, development coordinator for the Second Harvest food bank.
These are the key ingredients of the Fresh Forward mobile distribution program.
“We bring food into the community to make sure it goes directly to families in need,” McGonagle said.
McGonagle says the program targets areas of so-called food deserts, where fresh food can be hard to find.
“It’s seasonal. So right now I’m seeing a lot of squash, pears, bananas as summer approaches, citrus fruits probably,” said Kushboo Jain, the program’s nutrition educator.
Jain says many of them suffer from chronic diet-related illnesses.
“Bringing in seasonal vegetables is good because it’s a good introduction for people who may not have tried different things,” Jain said.
The need is greater this year, as pantries experience more than 100% growth in customer numbers.
That’s where you come in. Now, during Memorial Day, you can donate to the WFMZ-Dorney Park Food Truck Food Drive.
For every dollar donated, McGonagle says they can feed six families.
Don’t forget the food trucks. Participants will donate a portion of their sales to Second Harvest.
You can find out where they are going by going on wfmz.com and clicking on the Food Truck Drive link.
Each dollar raised represents six meals served.
Last year, $ 40,000 was raised. However, on Friday afternoon, online donations were less than $ 1,000.