Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers for the fall/winter seasons

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Second Harvest is taking on a different challenge; feeding those in need.

It’s a good situation, a lot of food donations, but the food bank needs extra help during the season getting all that food to the community. 

With the approach of the holiday season, giving is on the rise at Second Harvest Food Bank.

Tori Pursell, of Second Harvest Food Bank of NWPA, says, “This is the time of year that it gets busier. We get a lot more donations coming through. So, there’s a lot more that needs to be sorted…” 

That means they need more volunteers, like Sue Balkovic, a regular who’s been helping for two years.  Sue tells us, “The need’s great and we’ve got a lot of people that are needy and hungry in Erie and in Erie County; and it’s a privilege to do it.”

They also could use the help of newcomers, like College Freshman Paige Mineweaser. Paige tells us, “Even though this organization is in from Erie, it reaches out all throughout the counties and all over Pennsylvania. So, I feel like it would impact the most amount of people.”

Second Harvest supplies food orders to more than 400 agencies across 11 counties in Northwestern Pennsylvania.  But first, it has to be checked and sorted. 

Tori tells us, “We make sure that it has a good date on it, that the package is sealed, that it has ingredients on it for allergy reasons…”

And, if you aren’t able to make it to the food bank, Second Harvest says there are still some ways you can help.  Tori says, “So, we say you can donate time, you can donate food or you can donate funds to support Second Harvest Food Bank.”

And, for some people, it’s making a difference in their own lives.

Ron Hilliard: And are you going to keep on doing this?

Tori Pursell: As long as I can. As long as God is willing. Yes, I am. It’s a blessing do this. It blesses me.

Second Harvest says every dollar donated supports up to five meals.

If you’d like to learn how to volunteer or to help in other ways, you can go to

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