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