December 3rd, 2013


Schuylkill Community Action and the volunteers of the Shenandoah Area Food Pantry are currently exploring all options for partnership in the borough in developing a new Shenandoah pantry site. With the abundance of space in the lower level of the Cooper Center there is a strong potential for a distribution site and storage area to be put in place. SCA staff and Network volunteers are grateful for this cordial welcome and eager to see renovations and approval by code enforcement for public access.


The Shenandoah site is one of the 3 largest Schuylkill Food Network sites in the County and has over 2400 points of service annually. The Network as a whole served more than fifteen-thousand County households last year counting repeat visits. This is the highest annual count recorded and due in part to the fact that many of the 18 sites are adding extra distributions to their schedule. In addition to carrying out more pantries, volunteers have had increasing numbers of families visiting. Those seeking help with food include seniors and many with children as well.    


Jason Schally

Program Operations Specialist

Schuylkill Community Action

225 North Centre Street, Pottsville, PA 17901

Telephone: (570) 622-1995

Fax: (570) 622-0429

Schuylkill County Food Distribution Network



​The Beverly Mattson Food Bank located in Suite 301 (Class of '76 room) is currently closed to the public. Food is still being donated to the bank and distributions are made by contacting any of the maintenance workers by knocking on the front entrance ('Boys') and food will be delivered to the door, if someone is available. Once the code requirements are satisfied, the public will once again be able to enter the food bank center through the 'Boys' entrance, up (7) steps and enter the room on the right (suite 301). In 2011/2012 the bank served approximately 5,000 meals to county residents.




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