HOW WE HELP

In 2013

  • 964,946 meals were served at shelters with food obtained from the GBFB.
  • An average of 23,000 individuals were nourished with food received from a pantry on a monthly basis.
  • More than 1,300 low-income senior citizens received a monthly food tote as part of the federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program. The GBFB delivered these totes monthly to more than 80 sites located throughout Berks and Schuylkill Counties.
  • The GBFB’s network of charitable food programs provides emergency food for an estimated 60,800 different people annually.
  • About 10,600 different people receive emergency food assistance within our network in any given week.

In the 2012-2013 School Year

  • 106,194 meals were served at the 22 Kids Cafes located throughout the city of Reading. On the busiest evening, as many as 900 meals were served to children in need.
  • More than 1,200 children a week participated in the Weekender Backpack Program at the nine program sites in Berks County (one in the city of Reading, two in the Tulpehocken Area School District and one each in the Antietam, Conrad Weiser, Daniel Boone, Exeter, Schuylkill Valley and Wilson School Districts) and three program sites in Schuylkill County (North Schuylkill, Saint Clair Area and Shenandoah Valley School Districts).
  • 21,500 bags of fresh produce and other nutritionally-balanced foods (totalling 85,000 pounds of food) were distributed through our Produce for Kids program to elementary school students in the city of Reading.