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CCFSA Newsletter- Summer 2021 Update
Happy summer to all! Welcome to the Cumberland County Food System Alliance (CCFSA) newsletter! Read on for partner highlights and to learn about upcoming events.
CCFSA Strategic Vision and Work Plan
Amid the Coronavirus 2019 Pandemic (COVID-19) and in the absence of partner meetings, the CCFSA Leadership Council worked with a facilitator to articulate a strategic vision and work plan for 2021-2022, building upon objectives defined when the CCFSA was formed. Please join us on Monday, June 28th to learn more about this vision and contribute your voice.

The strategic vision identifies long range objectives for the CCFSA and implementation strategies for the next two years. The purpose and guiding principles of the CCFSA were also refined through this process to include challenging "mindsets and structural barriers to social equity with an emphasis on ending poverty and systemic racism."

To support the objectives of the CCFSA, the Leadership Council identified the following strategic focus areas:
  1. Networking and Collaboration: Serve as a convener to provide opportunities for members of the local food system to work together.  
  2. Policy: Create broader understanding in the community and among policymakers of both favorable policies and those that disadvantage members of the local food system.  
  3. Data and Assessment: Provide research and data to increase understanding of the local food system.    
  4. Improving the Food System: Identify and foster targeted initiatives to address gaps, weaknesses or redundancies in the local food system.    
We will share details related to these strategic focus areas during our upcoming partner meeting. The written work plan will be circulated after our partners have had the opportunity to comment.

Join us to learn more and discuss next steps. We are interested in developing work groups to address these priorities and need your support to refine and implement this vision!

CCFSA Partner Meeting Details (no registration necessary):
Join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 992 4311 4328
Passcode: 275809

Partner Organization Update:
Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition
Shippensburg Community Resource Coaliion (SCRC) has served the Shippensburg area by increasing access to social services, counseling services, and youth programs since 2010. Through partnerships with local organizations such as the Shippensburg Area School District
and Shippensburg University, SCRC works to connect clients with the resources they need including nutritional assistance. The SCRC's home is Katie's Place, which in addition to hosting the Thrift Shop of Katie's Place, is also where social services Tri County Community Action, Shippensburg Produce and Outreach, and Christ Among Neighbors are located.

Recently, the SCRC has been preparing for their Summer Learning Program, which began in 2012 as the area's first youth summer meals program. The SCRC partners with the School District to coordinate serving breakfast and lunch every weekday during the program. To help address the summer learning gap that some kids experience while also creating a fun association with learning, a book is chosen for each summer's theme- this year it's Hoot by Carl Hiaasen! Kids have fun with activities and field trips as well. 

To learn more about the Summer Learning Program, please contact Madison Uccellini, SLP Director at or 717-477-9100, or Sonja Payne, SCRC Coordinator at

During the school year, the SCRC's Hound Packs program provides weekend and holiday meals for food insecure students in the Shippensburg Area School District. Pre-pandemic, the program served 110 students; 141 additional students have joined since the pandemic began. To meet this increased need, the program ran continuously from September 2019 through June 3rd, 2021. Enrollment was also opened to all students ages 18 and younger, rather than focusing on K-12 only. To increase accessibility, students were also able to self-enroll rather than relying on a reference from a school counselor,

The SCRC continues to provide the community with information and helps coordinate free community meals available Monday-Friday through partnerships with local church organizations.

For more information about Shippensburg food resources or to volunteer, contact Sonja Payne, SCRC Coordinator, at
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Visit SCRC's Website
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A Shippensburg Produce and Outreach volunteer packaging eggs for distribution
Partner Profile: Shippensburg Produce and Outreach
Shippensburg Produce and Outreach (SPO) is an all-volunteer organization that began serving the community in 2008. SPO shares Katie's Place with the SCRC and other social services.The group focuses on connecting food-insecure individuals with nutritious, fresh food. Food is purchased or donated through the assistance of grant funds, private donors, and church organizations. Fresh vegetables, fruits, milk, and eggs are then prepared by volunteers and distributed weekly to approximately 150 individuals at Katie's Place, currently car-side for pandemic safety. An additional 60 community members receive food via delivery on a monthly basis, assisting those with conflicting work schedules or otherwise unable to travel to the distribution site. During the COVID-19 pandemic, SPO saw a 50% increase in food assistance need among clients.
Fresh kale ready to be packaged for clients
Volunteers preparing goods for car-side distribution
SPO also acts as a hub connecting volunteers and community members with abundance from their own gardens to those in need. The "Grow a Row for SPO" initiative encourages community members to plant a little extra in their gardens for donation. Produce is also donated from the Shippensburg University Campus Farm when available, and the organization distributes Senior Boxes monthly to qualified seniors through the United States Department of Agriculture Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Through these combined efforts, approximately 3 tons of food are distributed on a weekly basis in addition to diapers and adult personal care products distributed once a month or as needed through site delivery. By directing excess fresh produce to food insecure individuals and encouraging community members to share what they cannot use, SPO helps to mitigate food waste and contribute to a more resilient local food system, while addressing food insecurity.
Follow SPO
Follow SPO
Visit SPO's website
Visit SPO's website
Upcoming Events

Please let us know about your organization's events to be featured in this section!
Don't miss our next scheduled CCFSA Partner Organization Meeting: Monday, June 28th from 12:30-2:00PM
Join Zoom Meeting: 
Meeting ID: 992 4311 4328; Passcode: 275809
Join us for partner updates, discussion of the CCFSA strategic vision and 2021-2022 work plan, and next steps for implementation. We look forward to hearing from you!


Shippensburg Community Conference Call
(Ongoing) Tuesdays at 11:00 AM
Phone Number: 646-558-8656, then enter Meeting ID: 110 872 762 #
SCRC facilitates a community conference call to address changes to programs, gaps in services, and problem-solving as a community to fill in those gaps. If you are a human service provider, teacher/professor, concerned community member, religious organization, or just curious, please join us! If you have issues with the phone call, you can join on your computer using this link:

Project Share of Carlisle Summer Feeding for Kids
Fridays June 11th - August 13th from 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Three locations: Project Share Headquarters (5 N. Orange), Amerlia Givin Library (Parking area in Mt. Holly), Plainfield First Church of God (Route 641). No pre-registration required.

SCRC Summer Learning Program
Monday - Friday June 21st - August 6th from 8:30AM - 12:00PM
(no program on July 5th due to July 4th holiday)
Shippensburg Township Park, 304 Britton Rd., Shippensburg, PA 17257
Pre-registration required for each week planned on attending
Learn more about the resources and community support offered by our partner organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay Connected

Many thanks to our partners for helping build a local food system that supports healthy and resilient communities. Please let us know if you have project highlights, updates, or resources to share!

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Phone: 717-477-1509
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