2022 Summer Lunch Program
Open Noon – 1:00 PM: Monday – Friday
FREE MEALS are currently being served for children age 18 and under. Due to the expiration of the waivers from 2020-2021 for USDA reimbursement requirements, all meals must be consumed on-site this summer unless otherwise noted. We are in the process of getting additional sites approved for USDA reimbursement or otherwise funded, so check this page and social media for updates.
|Beaver Farms||121 Beaver Farm Lane, Bellefonte|
|Bellefonte YMCA||125 W. High Street, Bellefonte|
|Pleasant Gap Elementary||230 S. Main Street, Pleasant Gap|
|Penns Valley YMCA||115 W. Streamside Place, Spring Mills|
|State College YMCA||677 W. Whitehall Road, State College|
|Moshannon Valley YMCA||113 North 14th Street, Philipsburg|
|Calvary United Methodist Church||167 Blue Ball Road, West Decatur|
|Osceola United Methodist Church||303 Curtin Street, Osceola Mills|
|Philipsburg Elementary||1810 Black Moshannon Road, Philipsburg|
|Howard Elementary||255 School Street, Howard|
|Miles Trailer Park||Peppermint Lane, Julian|
|Mountaintop Area Elementary||100 School Drive, Snow Shoe|
|Port Matilda Elementary||209 Locust Street, Port Matilda|
|Wingate Elementary||751 S. Eagle Valley Road, Wingate|
|Wreck Center||800 Hannah Street, Houtzdale|
|West Branch School||516 Allport Cutoff, Morrisdale|
|Ashworth Woods – GRAB AND GO SITE||Ashworth Lane, Boalsburg|
Free to Be Me Summer Tour
We’re excited to partner with the Jana Marie Foundation at Cold Stream Dam Recreation Area (playground side) this summer! The Travelin’ Table mobile feeding bus will be on-site at each of these events (dates listed below). We’ll be spreading joy by providing interactive activities, music, lunch, and other fun opportunities to connect and celebrate summer together. Be sure to bring your friends!
From 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
June: 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, and 27
July: 1, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, and 29
August: 1, 5, 8, and 12
Food Distributions and Delivery
Large Food Distributions
These distributions provide larger amounts of food for those in need. Additional distribution dates and locations will be posted on our Facebook page and this portion of the website. Inclement weather may impact the days/times these distributions are scheduled, and in some cases, may result in cancellations. For more information, please contact Mel Curtis at [email protected] or 814-342-0889.
- Wednesday, June 8
- At 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church in State College
- 2nd and 4th Saturday of Every Month
- At 10:00 AM at 141 Enterprise Drive in Philipsburg
- 1st Thursday and 3rd Friday of Every Month
- At 5:00 PM at Howard United Methodist Church
- 2nd and 4th Monday of Every Month
- At 1:00 PM at Bigler YMCA
- 1st and 3rd Monday of Every Month
- At 4:00 PM at the Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church
- 3rd Saturday of Every Month
- At 10:00 AM at the Palestine Church
Fresh Express Distributions
The Fresh Express program is a partnership between the YMCA and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. This program is income based, and each family or individual must complete a self-declaration form on current income. Self-declarations can be completed at the distribution site prior to receiving food. The food provided offers staple fresh foods, such as meats, fruits, and vegetables. The sites listed below serve as distribution locations for Fresh Express. For more information, please contact Mel Curtis at [email protected] or 814-342-0889.
- 1st and 3rd Thursday of Every Month:
- At 12:00 PM in Snow Shoe at the Township Building.
- 1st Wednesday of Every Month:
- At the Progress Grange in Centre Hall
- 1st and 3rd Thursday of Every Month:
- Time TBA at Chester Hill Fire Company (Philipsburg).
- 1st and 3rd Thursday of Every Month:
- At 4:00 PM at the “Diamondback Family Center” – St. Barbara’s Church in Houtzdale.
- 2nd and 4th Thursday of Every Month
- At 4:00 PM at the Bald Eagle Valley UMC – Wingate
Food Delivery – Ripken Project
Through several partnerships, we are occasionally able to provide food delivery service to shut-ins and those that don’t have transportation to one of our sites. To receive this assistance, please contact Mel Curtis at [email protected] or 814-342-0889.
During these unprecedented times, we have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. We can do this by following the example of family pets. Pets (one of which this program was named after) are always there when we need them, and many people are in need of this type of support right now.
Through the Ripken Project, you can take 30 minutes of your day and volunteer to deliver boxed food to those who are unable to travel to our distribution sites. You can volunteer as frequently as you are able, and you can simply drop off the boxed food at the door to avoid physical contact.
We need people in all communities to assist with this project. If you would like more information, please contact Mel Curtis at [email protected] or 814-342-0889.
We carry a limited supply of baby food for those who are in need. Please call Mel Curtis at 814-342-0889 for more information.
Emergency Food Boxes
Boxes of food are available for pickup at the following locations for those in need. Boxes will be filled with non-perishable items.
- Bellefonte YMCA – 125 W High Street, Bellefonte, PA – (814) 355-5551
- Moshannon Valley YMCA – 113 N 14th Street, Philipsburg, PA – (814) 342-0889
- Penns Valley YMCA – 115 W Streamside Pl, Spring Mills, PA – (814) 422-6000
- State College YMCA – 677 W Whitehall Road, State College, PA – (814) 237-7717
- Progress Grange – 217 S Pennsylvania Ave, Centre Hall, PA – (814) 360-1094
- St. Peter’s UCC – 122 Main Street, Rebersburg, PA – (814) 349-5515
Students enrolled in the Backpack Program receive a backpack full of food each Friday (or the last day of school for the week) during the school year. Learn more or enroll a child by clicking on one of the documents below. For more information, contact Mel Curtis at [email protected]
Serving These School Districts
- Bald Eagle
- Clearfield Area
- Bellefonte Area
- West Branch
- Cen Clear
- Penns Valley Area
- State College Area
- Moshannon Valley
- Soaring Heights School
- Young Scholars School
- Liberty Curtin Elementary
Watch Our Backpack Program In Action
Mobile Feeding Programs
More than 20,000 people in Centre County are wondering where their next meal is coming from. We think that’s unacceptable. That’s why we’ve partnered with CenClear Child Services, The Central PA Food Bank, AmeriHealth Caritas, and Penn State Health to create the Travelin’ Table, a mobile feeding bus that will meet the needs of children in our community that do not have access to nutritious meals and other important resources they need to sustain healthy physical and mental growth.
The bus travels through the communities we serve to bring food and other resources directly to those who need them. No questions asked. It is equipped with a full kitchen to support distribution of healthy meals, healthcare education and screenings provided by Penn State Health, and educational supplies and sports equipment to combat summer learning loss and encourage exercise.
Hometown Heroes Firetruck
The “Hometown Heroes” firetruck is a new mobile feeding unit. It is named after all the volunteers that have worked with the YMCA Anti-Hunger Program. Their dedication to this program, the long hours they have put in, and their passion for helping others has helped us increase our efforts tremendously.
Similar to the Travelin’ Table, this vehicle transports food across Centre County. It has made appearances at several food distributions, special food-related events, and educational events to help spread awareness about food insecurity in our communities.
We’re committed to ensuring people in our community do not go hungry. If you are too, consider making a financial contribution to this program. Donations can be made in the following ways:
- By Mail: to YMCA of Centre County, Development Office, 677 W Whitehall Road, State College, PA 16801
- Online: click here to donate online
Donations to the YMCA of Centre County are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. (Tax ID# 24-0802437) Together, we are building a stronger community, providing support for families, and promoting overall positive change. Thank you again for your support.
The official registration and financial information of YMCA of Centre County may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
If you would like to volunteer at any of our sites or warehouse, please email: [email protected]. In your message, please include the following information: Name, phone #, email address, the school district/community area that you are willing to volunteer in, and what type of volunteer work you are willing to do (transport food to sites, volunteer at sites, volunteer for packing, or volunteer to pick-up donation).
For More Information:
Mel Curtis – 814-342-0889 or email [email protected]
All eligible children (those under the age of 18), have equal access to the benefits of these programs regardless of family income, race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. No child is turned away. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410. By fax: (202) 690-7442; or by email: [email protected]. The YMCA of Centre County is an equal opportunity provider.