Many people in Venango County are struggling to put food on the table. We have compiled a list a resources that can be used to aid in receiving hot foods or to find a food pantry close to you.
Other Food Supports
WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) - The Pennsylvania Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has improved the nutrition and health of families in Pennsylvania since 1974 by providing nutrition services, breastfeeding support, health care and social service referrals, and healthy foods. Through WIC, pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers of infants and young children learn about good nutrition to keep themselves and their families healthy!
WIC provides supplemental food and nutrition education for pregnant and breastfeeding women who have given birth within the past six months and for children up to age 5. Referrals can be made via WIC Venango or by calling 814-432-9892. WIC Venango office hours are: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Weds 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
SNAP/Food Stamps - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps Pennsylvanians buy food. People in eligible low-income households can obtain more nutritious diets with SNAP increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets. Those who are eligible receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS Card to make food purchases. Experiencing a food emergency and need food right away? Help is available.
If eligible, you will be able to use your allocation at the grocery store to purchase your own food. Applications may be submitted online through COMPASS or by calling toll-free at 877-409-2421 or locally at 814-432-4341. SNAP is administered through Venango County Assistance Office located at 530 13th Street, Franklin, PA 16323.
County Assistance office hours are: Mon to Fri - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Local Food Pantries - Food pantries in Venango County are provided through community members such as churches, social services organizations, food banks, and more. Some of these programs do have eligibility guidelines.
Second Harvest also has a food pantry locator if you need to find one that is closest to you.