ICCAP Unveils New Food Bank In White Township

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting and local dignitaries’ words of congratulations marked the introduction of Indiana County Community Action Program’s new food bank recently in White Township. ICCAP’s network of municipal food distributions and the agency’s emergency food program has operated from several central food banks since 1983 but the program’s new home, in the former roller-skating rink at 2131 Shelly Drive, (White Township) is the largest one yet. The food bank has several refrigeration/freezer units, thousands of feet of shelf space and at 18,000 square feet of floor space, it is about four times the size of ICCAP’s previous warehouse along South Sixth Street.

ICCAP administrators, staff and volunteers joined in the opening event. Local leaders on the county and state levels gave welcoming remarks. “Let’s not forget the objective of the work we’re doing: to put this out of business,” said PA. Sen. Joe Pittman, in comments on local efforts to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in Indiana County. Funding for the project was provided by the Neighborhood
Assistance Program, various Indiana County Banks, The Reschini Group, the
Keystone Communities Program Grant, ARPA Funding, Kiwanis Club and various Community Block Grant Funds. ICCAP Executive Director Michelle Faught and ICCAP Board President Cheryl McCabe led the opening ceremony. Food Program Director Aimee Kemp gave tours of the food bank for guests at the program.

Among other advances, the new food bank adds a direct-to-consumer component to the county’s food assistance program by allowing eligible residents in need to personally visit and receive food packages for themselves and their families. Those in need may contact ICCAP at 724.465.2657 or email help@iccap.net.