The HAFP’s mission is to provide emergency food assistance to people residing in the greater Harrisburg area. We are one of the largest food pantries in Dauphin County in terms of volume of people served and are one of the few that provides access to emergency food assistance at least five days per week. We are proud to be one of the oldest, continually operating food pantries in central Pennsylvania. The HAFP is a volunteer-led organization with our Board of Directors and other volunteers working closely with our part-time Executive Director. We thrive as a result of financial, food, and volunteer support from valued partners, including churches, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.

Founded in 1972 as a result of the emergent food insecurities many faced following Hurricane Agnes, the Ecumenical Food Pantry was founded by members of Messiah Lutheran Church and other local churches. As the Harrisburg Area Food Pantry, we look back on our founders, donors and supporters with great respect and admiration with a commitment to continue their legacy of serving our neighbors in need.

The HAFP does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.


The HAFP is a volunteer-led organization. Our Board of Directors provides primary oversight and leadership to the organization, working closely with our Executive Director. The HAFP could not serve community members in need without our team of approximately 150 volunteers. We are always looking to grow the ranks of our much valued volunteers!


The majority of the HAFP’s food supply is obtained from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, with a significant portion of our operating budget tied to state and federal grant dollars to be spent there. We also receive food from Aldi, Giant, Bethesda Mission Food Bank, Midwest Food Bank and Spiral Path Farm. We receive food and personal items as well as money to purchase those items through generous donations.


In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, the HAFP distributed food to more than 8,800 households and 32,200 individuals. This is an increase of over 150% over the previous year!


The Harrisburg Area Food Pantry is a 501 (c) (3) organization.