Project SHARE is an interfaith cooperative effort, begun in 1985, involving 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 statement:In response to God’s call to love one another, and bolstered by the spirit of generosity in volunteers, staff, clients, 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 of Carlisle is able to provide services to a family residing in Carlisle area if they fall in the guidelines the Department of Agriculture has set with an income falling below 150% of the federal poverty level.
Project SHARE of Carlisle food distribution generally falls of the third Thursday week of each month (check our 2018 Calendar for actual dates). During that particular week distribution is on Tuesday (12-2pm), Wednesday (9-11am), Thursday (3:30-5:30pm) and Saturday(9-11am). Clients have the opportunity of to choose up to 50 nutritious food items. We strive to provide a week’s worth of groceries for a family size of four. Our food, at no charge to our clients, cost Project SHARE of Carlisle approximately $15 per family with a retail value on the average of $200. We are thankful to our generous community support both through food drives as well as through financial donations, which allows us to purchase even more food at wholesale rates. Along with our regular monthly distributions, we are also able to reach approximately 65+ home-bound clients. We would not be able to successfully complete delivering food to those in their homes without the help of our 20 dedicated home delivery teams. Interview volunteers are also available to our clients during distribution to provide additional resource information to those experiencing hardship. When needed, referrals are also made to appropriate collaborative agencies for additional support.
Our Gleaning program harvests donations of fresh produce from 36 local farms and growers. Volunteers, composed of individuals, groups and families work together in the fields to collect fresh produce not gathered at 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 Partnership for Better Health, the Stuart Foundation, the United Way, Giant Foods, Wegmans, Walmart, 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 has a staff of thirteen 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.