One CAN Make a Difference

June 13, 2020

In tough times, individuals can make a difference. Tanya Kief, of Washington County PA, is just such a person. 


Tanya is very involved in her community and she decided to use her connections and experience to make a difference. In the past, she has stepped in to hold fundraisers for organizations as diverse as the Washington Humane Society, Pet Search, Habitat for Humanity, and the Alzheimer's Association. When COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders hit, Ms. Kief recognized a critical, emerging need. With so many people at home, under quarantine and out of work, hunger was going to be a very real issue. Being from Washington County, she gravitated toward the local food bank, Greater Washington County Food Bank, and she set a personal goal of raising $20,000 to alleviate food insecurity during the month of May.

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Greater Washington County Food Bank See Dramatic Increase In Need and Turns to Virtual Food Drives

April 07, 2020

Not unexpectedly, given the dramatic numbers around unemployment being reported across Pennsylvania, the Greater Washington County Food Bank is seeing a huge jump in the numbers of people needing emergency food assistance. Many of those who have lost their income and have no money to buy food for themselves and their families are not able to collect unemployment, and no one has seen any sign of promised stimulus checks yet. 

In a normal economic downturn, the Food Bank would call for help via a food drive. However, the very same pandemic that has caused unemployment to sky-rocket and family incomes to disappear, makes what we all know food drives as impossible. So, in true Greater Washington County Food Bank tradition, this critical service provider innovated! The same Food Bank that is leading their peers with the Truck To Trunk Model is now leading the way with Virtual Food Drives.

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GWCFB Confirms Locations and Dates for "Truck to Trunk" Drive Thru Distribution Sites

March 24, 2020

Expecting as much as a 200% or greater increase in food need for Washington County, Greater Washington Community Food Bank has confirmed sites for April distributions, which will transition to the Truck to Trunk drive-thru delivery model. Individuals and Families that regularly receive food from the Food Bank will find their location below. Individuals and Families who recently signed up will receive contact from GWCFB staff to confirm their location to attend. Greater Washington County Food Bank needs community support in the form of donations and volunteers so that it can assure no one who needs food will go without it.  

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Worried About Safely Getting Food or Personal Care Supplies During COVID-19?

March 18, 2020

For Immediate Release:

Worried About Safely Getting Food or Personal Care Supplies? Greater Washington County Food Bank Has a Solution for That.

The Greater Washington County Food Bank is scaling up to provide emergency food and personal care relief caused by Coronavirus through its drive thru distribution model, Truck to Trunk, and expects to deliver 5,000 to 6,000 or more boxes (a 50% increase in need) this month with minimal contact for both Clients and Staff/Volunteers. Volunteers to help box up deliveries and distribute food, cash donations, as well as in-kind donations of bulk goods are urgently needed. 

“Without knowing what we were facing and how important it would be to have the capabilities so soon, but knowing that at some point it would be necessary, we piloted and started moving towards this unique distribution model in summer of 2019,” said Executive Director, Connie Burd. “Luckily, we have the infrastructure to shift all of our regular and emergency distribution there now, even as we scale up to accommodate the increased need due to the State of Emergency. We hope to act as an example for other food banks, hopefully helping them serve more people and save lives.”

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Free Tax Return Preparation from Jackson Hewitt

March 02, 2020

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, in partnership with Greater Washington County Food Bank, has provided five (5) vouchers for preparing 2019 Personal Income Tax Returns (a $500 value each) free of charge along with thirty (30) discounted vouchers for one flat rate tax prep fee of no more than $150. This opportunity is available ONLY for registered clients of the Food Bank. To apply for the drawing, please fill out the Free Tax Preparation Drawing Form to be entered. Winners will be notified before April 1st, and pantry registration will be verified.

Better Serving Southeastern Pantry Clients

February 13, 2020

Greater Washington County Food Bank has transitioned several pantry sites in the southeastern part of the county into a Truck to Trunk drive thru model, allowing for improved service to Clients, including perishable items (milk, cheese, fruits, vegetables, etc.) to be delivered to all, and elimination of potential delay in distribution to the Clients. This new system, Truck to Trunk, started over summer of 2019, and has proven effective in ensuring freshness of food distribution. For more info, continue reading here.

Website Updates and Online Donations

January 31, 2020

The Greater Washington County Food Bank is starting to transition to a new look for our supporters and donors. With the goal of making donations and volunteerism as easy as possible, we hope you are excited and pleased with the new updates. 

New, simpler navigation of the website allows you to access the information you want quickly. You can now donate online via PayPal (with your PayPal account of with your debit/credit card) and instantly receive an emailed receipt for tax purposes. With the large amount of volunteer interest, we have streamlined the volunteer application to be all digital. Hard copies are available on-site still. Communications and Newsletters will now be more accessible online.

Lastly, we have updated and streamlined the ability to sign up and register for events on our website. Clicking on the Events tab, you can see the next upcoming events and a full calendar of events. Using EventBrite's online registration, we now provide the convenience of registering online and submitting registration fees (if applicable) via a credit/debit card.

All of these updates are in the effort to modernize the way donors give, and to make it as simple as possible for those who choose Greater Washington County Food Bank as their charity of choice.

Second Annual Clay Shoot - Postponed to 7/25/20

February 07, 2020

GWCFB is hosting our Second Annual Clay Shoot fundraiser on April 25, 2020 at Split Rail Sporting Clays in Claysville, PA. Get a team of 4 together and join us for a day filled with shooting, raffles, steak dinner and awards. Team and sign sponsorships are available. To Register or for more info, click here to be redirected towards the EventBrite page or call  Justin McAtee, Director of Marketing, at 724-632-2190 ext. 128.

Hydroponic Workshop Series for Veterans Announced

February 04, 2020

A FREE workshop series for veterans & military members through The Farm, Mission Homestead, and Chatham University. This will be a hands-on 10 session series taught by The Farm staff and Chatham University’s Aquaculture Professor, Dr. Roy Weitzell. The program will include:

  • Tours of Trinity High School & Chatham University’s state of the art hydroponics & aquaponics systems

  • Hands-on experience with The Farm’s hydroponics systems

  • A workshop binder & lesson materials to keep

  • 1 Free Food-grade IBC Tank Upon Program completion for use in your own hydroponics/aquaponics system

  • Program completion certificate

The 10 workshops will take place 6pm-8pm every Monday from March 2nd-May 4th, 2020. Most workshops will take place at The Farm (909 National Pike West, Brownsville, PA 15417), with two workshops/farm tours taking place at Trinity High School and Chatham University's Eden Hall Campus.


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Or contact

Morgan Livingston

Agricultural Innovation Manager

The Farm at Greater Washington County Food Bank

724-632-2190 x 108

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