Clarion County commits to putting end to hunger

From staff reports

In Clarion County, 4,230 people (one in nine residents) are facing food insecurity according to 2021 statistics released by the county.

In all of northwestern Pennsylvania, 80,350 people (one in nine, including 20,640 children) faced food insecurity, the statistics show.

“Clarion County is committed to taking steps to combat hunger in every part of the community and to provide additional resources that those in Clarion County need,” the Clarion County commissioners said in a statement.

Clarion County, in a news release, said it is committed to working with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania — a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks — in educating people about the role of food banks in addressing hunger, and raising awareness of the need to devote more resources and attention to hunger issues.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania distributed more than 9.5 million meals in 2023 through its network of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community organizations.

The commissioners have declared September as “Hunger Action Month” in order to bring attention to food insecurity and to enlist the public in the movement to end hunger by taking action to ensure every community, and everybody in it, has the food they need to thrive.

The commissioners said food banks across the country, including Second Harvest, have been hosting numerous events throughout September to bring awareness and help end hunger.

Local businesses also have also gotten involved.

Clarion County Community Bank has launched the 25th annual food drive called “Foodstock,” which collects nonperishable, nonexpired food items that may be placed in collection containers at various locations throughout the county. Donations also may be dropped off at Clarion Ford Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Ram during the 70th annual Autumn Leaf Festival.

For more information, contact the Clarion Area Chamber of Business and Industry at (814) 226-9161 or