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UNION-SNYDER HUNGER COALITION

Want to be part of the solution to local food insecurity?

Please contact Rachel Herman, Sustainable Food Solutions VISTA, at rherman@union-snydercaa.org to learn how to get involved.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Background 
 

For several years, a network of community and campus gardens from across the Central PA region came together at an annual conference called Sowing Change to share knowledge and strengthen efforts aimed to expand sustainable growing practices and food security in the area. This effort was led by staff at Bucknell and Susquehanna Universities as well as Union-Snyder CAA. As such, attendance at the annual conference was historically dominated by members of higher education institutions with limited participation from members of the broader community.  

 

In 2020, the group made a transition away from the conference-only model to form the Union-Snyder Hunger Coalition, led by CAA and our three-year AmeriCorps VISTA project. This transition was intended to create a shift in focus to one that is community-centered rather than university-centered. Nevertheless, the Union-Snyder Hunger Coalition will continue to rely on the foundations of the Sowing Change group to build a coalition of organizations and individuals who are committed to increasing food security in the region. The coalition and its working groups meet regularly in order to increase collaboration and coordination within the existing charitable food system with the aim to create food solutions that address food insecurity on the community level.     

Membership

The Union-Snyder Hunger Coalition is a network made up of over 100 individuals and organizations doing food security work in the Union and Snyder counties, including representatives from social service agencies, food pantry and other food access programs, community organizations, community gardens and farms, and more. Click through the slideshow below to view some of our member organizations.