SHEILA CHRISTOPHER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HUNGER-FREE PA

CONTACT SHEILA:

Sheila Christopher
Executive Director
Phone: 724-941-1472
Fax: 724-213-9102
Email:
sachristopher@pafoodbanks.org

In 1987, Sheila began her food banking career with the Washington – Greene Community Action Agency overseeing the food bank program and child and adult care food program. In 1992, she left to operate the Greene County Food Bank later to be known as the Corner Cupboard Food Bank. In early 2001, the membership of Pennsylvania Association Regional Food Banks dba Hunger-Free PA [state association of food banks and charitable food organizations] hired Sheila as their first employee. In 2002, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) was piloted in Southwest Pennsylvania with a caseload of 5,000. In 2003, the program grew to 30 counties and a caseload of over 15,000. The program remained stagnant until 2010 when it expanded to all 67 counties targeted to serve 10% of the seniors eligible for the program. Today the CSFP serves 36,218 seniors each month. Sheila has received several accommodations from USDA for her management of the program in Pennsylvania.

Under Sheila’s leadership in 2010, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System [PASS] Act was unanimously entered into law. In 2014, Sheila began building the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Coalition [PHAC] membership and today there are over 70 regional and statewide organizations involved in the coalition. The coalition sponsors several task forces working to influence federal and state policy to remove barriers that limit participation in food & nutrition programs. Serving as a statewide voice on hunger issues, Sheila arms the food bank network, organizations, business, and the public with tools to support their efforts for policies that support hungry families on both the state and federal levels.

​Sheila served on the National CSFP Association Board of Directors from 2005 through 2007 and again in 2015 elected as Treasurer for 2-years.  Sheila also served on the board of Hunters Sharing the Harvest as the Secretary/Treasurer from 2002-2008. Sheila had the honor to serve on Governor-elect Wolf’s Agriculture Transition Team. In her tenure, Sheila has served several terms on the Pennsylvania Emergency Food Assistance Advisory Council, the Pennsylvania Emergency Food & Shelter Program State Board and Governor Wolf’s Food Security Partnership.

​Sheila received her Bachelor of Science degree from Washington and Jefferson College in 1982 and her Masters in Non-profit Management from Robert Morris University in 2008. Sheila and David are residents of North Strabane, they have two sons – Kyle lives in Florida with his wife and two sons; Eric lives in Hendersonville, PA.