Second Harvest Food Bank of NWPA celebrates 35 years

This year marks the 35th year of service offered by the Second Harvest Foodbank of NWPA.

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie have always had a strong connection with Second Harvest. Benedictine Sister Augusta Hamel (d. 1998) was the first Director of what was then called the Erie Community Foodbank. The name change occurred in 1990 so as the better reflect the outreach of Second Harvest throughout northwest Pennsylvania.

Through the years, different sisters have worked at Second Harvest. In 1991 Sister Christine Vladimiroff (d.2014) was appointed as president and CEO of the Second Harvest National Food Bank Network, Chicago, IL. She remained in that position until she was elected prioress in 1998. Presently, Sister Karen Kosin is on staff as the Product Resource manager.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA is the largest nonprofit food distribution organization in northwest Pennsylvania and the only food bank to provide food to 167,700 hungry people in the 11 counties served. Second Harvest partners with incorporated, non-profit agencies that serve at least 70% low-income people. This includes the Benedictine Sisters Emmaus Ministries, including the Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen and Kids Café, the first Kids Café opened in northwest PA. Visit the Emmaus Ministries web page to learn more about their outreach.

An anniversary commemoration recently took place in Second Harvest’s newly expanded volunteer area. It included the traveling, multimedia art exhibition, About Hunger & Resilience, by Michael Nye. The exhibit, which features documentary photographs and accompanying audio stories from those who have experienced hunger and poverty around the nation, will be on display at Second Harvest until October 19th.

If you would like to schedule a tour call Zachary Webb at 814-459-3663 x 114 or click here. Available dates and times are as listed:

10/2 9:30 am and 11:30 am
10/4 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm
10/5 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
10/9 9:30 am to 11:30 am
10/11 5:30 and 7:30 pm
10/16 9:30 am to 11:30 am
10/19 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm