Project SHARE (Survival Help And Recipient Education) is an interfaith cooperative effort, begun in 1985, involving over 66 local congregations, schools, and civic organizations. Contributions of food, money, and volunteerism provide essential basic assistance to more than 1000 families each month. Assistance is provided in the communities of Carlisle, Carlisle Springs, Mt. Holly Springs, Boiling Springs, Gardners, Plainfield, New Kingstown, and Middlesex. Of those needing assistance, about 20% are seniors and nearly 30% are children.

In October of 2002, Project SHARE moved to 5 North Orange Street #4, Carlisle. This space, provided by Dickinson College rent free and renovated by SHARE, offers 23,000 sq. ft. for food storage and distribution, a walk-in freezer and cooler, loading docks, and a training kitchen.

Our Mission: In response to God’s call to love one another, and bolstered by the spirit of generosity in volunteers, staff, recipients, gleaning partners and donors, Project SHARE food pantry programs and partnerships meet the evolving needs of people on their journey to freedom from want.

Project SHARE distributes food on the week of the third Thursday of each month. During that designated week, we also distribute food on Tuesday, on Wednesday during the late afternoon and Saturday morning of each month. Boxes contain approximately 50 nutritious food items; one week’s groceries for a family of four. The food, free to each family, costs SHARE approximately $15/box (retail value $175) thanks to generous community donations and food drives. Twenty teams of volunteers deliver food to some 90 homebound individuals and families. Other volunteers are available to discuss other difficulties including budget problems, referring them to other agencies whenever appropriate. To be eligible, individuals must reside in the Carlisle area and have an income below 150% of the federal poverty level.

The Farm Project is in its twenty-second season of operation. This gleaning program harvests donations of fresh produce from 36 local farms and growers. Church volunteers and food bank recipients work together in the fields to collect fresh, edible produce not gathered at regular harvest times. Locally grown crops include lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, kale, green beans, corn, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, potatoes, broccoli, and pumpkins. The work is demanding, but the rewards are many; all food is free for our labor. The Carlisle Area Health and Wellness Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, the United Way, Giant Foods Inc., Allen Distribution, as well as other local foundations and businesses, support our efforts to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in a community wide effort to provide nutritious food to those in need.

Project SHARE recipients are encouraged to take an active volunteer role in the work of the Food Bank. Their help is critical to the overall ministry at SHARE. In addition, there are thirteen staff members, and a dedicated group of nearly 3000 volunteers a year.

The official registration and financial information of Project SHARE may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

The Team

Darrell Beam

Warehouse Coordinator
Darrell loves music, songwriting, audio/video production, storytelling, and working with the volunteers at Project SHARE. He spent years in the music business in New York City, Philadelphia, and Alaska.  His latest instrument is the ukulele and he has written a number of songs and performed them in some of his favorite outdoor locations.  At Project SHARE we see Darrell as our solutions person.  If there is a mechanical or other maintenance problem Darrell is who we all seek out, sometimes to his chagrin.

Deb Brownawell

Warehouse Coordinator
A lifelong member of the area Deb graduated from Boiling Springs.  Deb’s work experience has always centered around customer service.  Most recently she was an owner/operator of a small business.  As Warehouse Coordinator at Project SHARE Deb’s responsibilities include the ordering of food, inventory, and distribution preparation.  Whether ordering food or keeping a clean warehouse Deb sees them all as part of her service to the community.

Laura Estep

Recipient Coordinator
Laura is a native of Shippensburg who moved to Virginia, Florida and California when her husband was serving in the Navy.   She was a high school cheerleader who travelled to Hawaii with the NFL Pro Bowl Game as part of that activity.  Back in South Central PA since the summer of 2015 Laura enjoys working with and helping those in need at Project SHARE.  As a mom of three she particularly relates to women and children seeking solutions.  Her hobbies include crafts and making natural products with “essential oils”.

Deb Hess

Director of Development and Major Gifts
Deb was raised in rural Franklin County and came to Project SHARE from the Girl Scouts where she was in charge of fund development in 30 Pennsylvania counties.  She has spent the greatest part of her career assisting non-profits raising funds to support their missions. In her “me” time Deb likes to garden, cook and read.  Her favorite book is The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.  The results of her gardening end up in her soups while an occasional fish lands in her pan after a day on the “fly”.

Joe Kloza

Coordinator of Education & Community Outreach
Joe comes to Project SHARE where he taught Nurse Aides, GED, computer, life skills, served the homeless and traveled extensively in Europe.  “After 911 the travel industry changed and I found my passion for teaching.”  Joe enjoys his farmette with his family, dawgs (Jersey accent), cats, poultry, donkeys and good neighbors.  Since his arrival he has been engaged with the new website, SHARENews, special events and enhancing education offerings at Project SHARE.

Steve Kuhn

Outreach Farm Coordinator
A lifelong resident of Carlisle, Steve has been married to Crystal for 37 years. Steve’s family attends Evangelical Free Church where he serves on the mission committee. Steve’s work experience includes 18 years of owning his own business that served residents and farmers in the County.  He makes sure that Farmstand continues to be stocked and ready to serve the community.  He actively  works with and recruits the many groups and individuals who join him on the fields and orchards to GLEAN !

Linda McCulloch

Bookeeper
Georgia born Linda came to PA as a teenager with her parents who were linked to employment at the Army War College.  Linda’s career was surrounded by numbers and also relished solving problems.  After marriage she continued to count with 4 children and 8 grands adding up.  She led many organizations out of technological abyss into the light of computer driven efficiencies.  In Cumberland County she continues her work for MHIDD and spends part of her time at Project SHARE.

Wendy Murray

First Impressions Coordinator
Wendy oversees the very busy front office as the First Impressions Coordinator.  Along with her ‘office-volunteer family’, they create a friendly atmosphere for all who need assistance.  Wendy and her husband enjoy spending time with their sons and their families which includes a new grandson and his 2 year old sister!  They love their pit bull, ‘Brynn-Lynn Brady Quinn Murray’, look forward to traveling to Minnesota to see the grands and have fun watching Notre Dame Football!

Weston Petroski

Mission Impact Kitchen Coordinator
Weston Petroski received his B.S. in Nutrition from Appalachian State University, and an A.S. in Biology from Harrisburg Area Community College. He works with a variety of populations, from young children and at-risk youth to adults seeking to improve their health. With a strong background in food, nutrition, biology, and chemistry, Weston brings an easy-to understand, evidence-based approach to whole food medicine.  In his free time, he enjoys cooking, spending time in the outdoors with his four-legged companion, and gardening.

Vivian Shenk

Bookkeeper
Vivian hails from Fulton County and has been in the Carlisle area most of her life. She loves math and accounting and worked for United Telephone, now Century Link. She earned her BA in Economics as an adult student in her 40s at Wilson College. Vivian also loves to knit for others. She also serves as the treasurer of the New Digs Ministry in Mechanicsburg which helps the community with furniture and household goods. At Project SHARE Vivian started as a volunteer and now is our bookkeeper.

Meagan Smith

Volunteer Coordinator
Meagan is a Plainfield person who loves the rural environment. Driven by a concern for people she studied and received a degree in social services from HACC and has been in service to others ever since. She is an avid outdoors person and loves camping, kayaking as well as gardening.  As volunteer coordinator Meagan loves the changes, challenges and organizational tasks that she solves daily. She serves our team by linking us with the help that we need to complete our mission daily.

Board of Directors

Members

  • Diane Baltaeff-Chair
  • Chuck Allen-Vice President
  • Ashley Perzyna-Secretary
  • Kim Hertzler
  • Rebecca Kline
  • Nancy Mellerski
  • Robert Weed-Interim CEO