Our HISTORY

Mercer County Food Bank has a rich history of fighting hunger and feeding hope across Mercer County. Originally founded as the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County in 1983, we began with just 8 member agencies. Today, we serve over 1,000 individuals per week in partnership with over 30 member agencies across Mercer County. Explore our incredible journey of growth and impact over the years.

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1983

Founded

Through the efforts of the Sharon Ministerium, Community Food Warehouse of the Shenango Valley was provided a donated space in the basement of the Sharon Herald as a headquarters. In our first full year of operations, we distributed over 34,000 pounds of food through 8 member agencies.

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1986

Relocation

The Warehouse relocated to Farrell, thanks to a generous donation from First National Bank. This location was home to the food bank for nearly 25 years.

The Board of Directors initiated a search for a new building to accommodate our growth. The Greenwood Group donated their South Sharpsville Avenue building in Sharon and made a substantial contribution to launch our capital campaign.

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2010

Renovations Complete

We completed renovations on March 31, 2010, which included both an expanded cooler and freezer, enabling us to handle more donated produce and frozen goods and a 10,000 square foot increase in warehouse space, allowing us to accept full truckloads of donated products. Generous grant funding also allowed for further facility enhancements, including a backpack room, sorting room, office remodels, and modern lighting and ventilation.

In 2010, our named changed to Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County and we implemented two now annual fundraising events – Empty Bowls and The Race To End Hunger – additionally, we run regular direct mail campaigns each year, all of which enable us to fulfill our mission of providing food to our hungry neighbors in Mercer County.

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2023

40th Anniversary

In 2023, we celebrated 40 years of service to Mercer County residents with a formal gala. As we look back on those years, we can’t help but be very thankful. 

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2024

Rebranding

In 2024, we rebranded from Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County to Mercer County Food Bank.

Mercer County Food Bank belongs to you – the community – who have supported us over the years with your time, talent, and treasure. From all of us here at MCFB we offer you a heartfelt thank you and it is our sincere hope that you continue this journey with us to starve hunger and feed hope in Mercer County. Click here to learn about more about ways to to Get INVOLVED.

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