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McGowan Center for Healthy Living


The Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Center for Healthy Living, a 50,222 square-foot facility, represents not only a new and much larger space for CEO’s Weinberg Food Bank to operate in, but it represents a new model for addressing hunger and food insecurity. The Center for Healthy Living has the capacity to receive, store and distribute three times the volume of food and has temperature controlled storage for perishable and nutritious product. The Center for Healthy Living is equipped with the technology needed to extend the life of fresh produce so that it can be consumed by the families and children it is intended for.  In addition to food distribution, the Weinberg Food Bank also provides valuable nutrition education to clients at the point of service, so that they can gain skills in healthy eating, cooking and shopping on a budget. 

The Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Center for Healthy Living has:

•55,220 total square feet
•4,280 sq. ft. sorting and repack area for use by volunteers
•1,050 sq. ft. agency shopping area with dry, frozen and refrigerated storage
•5,310 sq. ft. of freezer space and 1,480 sq. ft. of refrigerated space 
•12,875 sq. ft. of dry storage
•8 million pound capacity
•the ability to store, transport and distribute fresh produce to partners in four counties
•a multi-purpose meeting room with cooking equipment for nutrition education training


Since its inception in 1985, the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank has consistently and continually helped people in a dignified manner. During this time of serving four counties in Northeast Pennsylvania, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna and Wyoming, we have seen a dramatic rise in the need for food assistance. This increase led to the commencement of a 15,000 square foot expansion of the food bank located in Pittston Township, which will increase the storage capacity allowing us to help more people in our community.


 From Hungry to Healthy

CEO and the Weinberg Food Bank present an informational brochure on hunger statistics in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This brochure was created as part of a campaign to raise funds to build the Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Center for Healthy Living which houses the food bank. The dedication of the food bank took place on May 1, 2015. Click here to learn more about hunger in our community and how the food bank strives to alleviate that hunger.  



Attached Document or For this community, the construction of the Monsignor Andrew McGowan Center for Healthy Living will mean regular distributions of fresh produce to low income residents across our four county- radius. The McGowan Center will work with our network of 140 member agencies such as churches, shelters and pantries, to bring healthier options to the under-served of our region.
Attached Document or FileMap the Meal Gap Click here to learn more about food insecurity in your county or congresional district.
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