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State College Food Bank Ready for Holiday Season

by on December 09, 2019 1:45 PM

Video by Centre County Report/Meghan Drakas

The holiday season is a time for giving and thinking of others, and for volunteers like Carol Lunkenheimer, the State College Food Bank is a great place to do just that.

"I want to give back, so this is a great way of giving back," Lunkenheimer said.

She began volunteering at the State College Food Bank three years ago after she moved to Boalsburg from Chicago. She had been a volunteer with a local food pantry there and wanted to continue serving others.

"The people here are so generous. It's wonderful," Lunkenheimer said.

In addition to more than 120 volunteers, local companies also lend a hand to the food bank, with many area grocery stores making donations.

The State College Food Bank provides for about 325 families every month in addition to other local agencies.

"Easterseals, Park Forest Day Nursery, House of Care, Strawberry Fields, and we help food banks in the county," said Carol Pioli, executive director of the State College Food Bank.

One unique feature about the food bank is the point system they use for their clients to shop.

"We are fortunate enough to set up our food bank with a client choice prototype, where somebody comes in, they meet with a volunteer and they shop," Pioli said.

Instead of giving out prepackaged boxes like they have in the past, they let their clients choose the food they would like, which has cut down on food waste.

Recently, donations to the food bank have been pouring in.

"Everybody is so giving this time of year," Pioli said. "One thing that does happen, though, is after the beginning of the year, everything drops off."

As always, the State College Food Bank has one main mission.

"We are trying to work to make sure that no one goes hungry," Pioli 

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