The EFP’s mission is to provide emergency food assistance to people residing in the greater Harrisburg area.  We are one of the largest food pantries in Dauphin County in terms of volume of people served and are one of the few that provides access to emergency food assistance at least five days per week.  We are proud to be one of the oldest, continually operating food pantries in central Pennsylvania.  The EFP is a volunteer-led organization with our Board of Directors and other volunteers working closely with our part-time Executive Director. We thrive as a result of financial, food, and volunteer support from valued partners, including churches, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.

The EFP was founded in 1972 in response to the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Agnes to the city of Harrisburg. At that time, members of Messiah Lutheran Church stepped in to provide emergency food assistance to those in need.  The EFP continues to do so nearly 50 years later, from our original location in Messiah Lutheran Church in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The EFP does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion or any other characteristic protected by law.