HOW WE HELP

In 2015

  • The Greater Berks Food Bank (GBFB) distributed nearly 7.3 million pounds of food to our 280 charitable food program partners: food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs and senior housing facilities.
  • 1,063,000 meals and snacks were served at shelters with food obtained from the GBFB.
  • 551,000 meals and snacks were served at soup kitchens 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 112,400 different people (at least once) annually, including 26,900 children under 18 years of age and 17,000 seniors. On a monthly basis, 41,500 different people are served.

In the 2015-2016 School Year

  • More than 1,400 children a week participated in the Weekender Backpack Program at the ten program sites in Berks County and eight program sites in Schuylkill County.
  • 27,330 bags of fresh produce and other nutritionally-balanced foods (totaling 113,000 pounds of food) were distributed through our Produce 4 Kids program to elementary school students in the city of Reading.