The food bank is part of “Feeding America”, a nationwide network of 200 food banks that have taken part in the study that happens every four years. Since 2010 the need for emergency and supplemental food has increased by 155 percent. 29 percent of those needing food locally are children.
50,000 pounds of food is distributed through second harvest on a daily basis. That makes 12 million pounds of food last year alone which is the most served in the food bank's history. They supply 285 agencies that receive products from the Second Harvest warehouse.
The study documents characteristics and numbers of clients seeking assistance. 66 percent of Erie County residents needing the food bank have had to choose between food and medical care. Karen Seggi of Second Harvest said “Folks who are going to a food pantry or soup kitchen look just like you and me, it could be any one of us at any given time job loss illness in the family." One out of four people in Northwest Pennsylvania receive food from Second Harvest each year.
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