HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Channels Food Rescue, based in Dauphin County, has closed its doors. Sources say the shutdown happened due to funding issues.
The organization made food from scratch for low-income families, fed kids after school, and gave children backpacks full of food to get through the weekend. Now, the doors are locked, there’s a sign advertising office space in front of the building, and no one picks up the phone.
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank says it will pick up most of Channels’ services so the community doesn’t have to go without. The Food Bank already works with many of the organizations Channels had partnered with.
“We really think the community is well taken care of,” Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Executive Director Joe Arthur told abc27. “We are sad for Channels, just as they are. We hate to see that happen, but we do understand it’s a tough funding environment for nonprofits.”
Channels did not go into detail, but released a statement after ABC 27 called this afternoon. The statement said:
“After careful consideration it was determined that it was in the best interest of the community for Channels to close its doors. Most of Channels’ services including our Kids Feeding Program have been picked up by another local agency so the community impact will be minimal. We wish to thank all who have supported our organization in the past and more information will be available in the weeks to come.”