York County Food Bank – York PA

Real Stories of Hunger: Francine Moore

“Nanna’s Kitchen: where grandkids are spoiled” reads a sign hanging in York resident Francine Moore’s kitchen. Raising two grandchildren by herself—one age 9 and the other 17—Moore recognizes the challenge of putting food on the table while living on a fixed income.


Some days, weeks, or months are lean. Unexpected repairs around the house and unforeseen expenses can add up. Social Security provides only a portion of what’s needed to cover living expenses. For Moore, the Senior Box Program through the York County Food Bank offers the food support necessary to help older adults like her maximize their fixed incomes. The program provides one box of food per month consisting of items such as canned fruits and vegetables, hot or cold cereal, pasta, canned protein foods, bottled fruit juice, shelf-stable 2 percent milk, and a 2-pound block of cheese.


“I’m grateful for the Food Bank,” she says. “I’m grateful for it because I know about and see the people who stand in line at the Food Bank every Friday for food. I’ve been in that line,” she says. They are the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and single individuals who wait in the rain, snow, sun, cold, and heat to receive the food they need to feed themselves and their families.


Walking through the food pantry clearinghouse at the York County Food Bank, Moore’s gaze focuses on the bags, boxes, cans, and containers that line the floor and shelves of the space. She recounts the story of her life where mistakes were made and choices impacted decisions at critical turning points of her life. She reflects on the children she’s raised and the grandchildren she feeds at the table of “Nanna’s Kitchen.”


“I feed more people than I may know, and I’m blessed because of that,” she says. When you stop to think about those who are hungry in York County, she says, “it’s more than just giving a box of cereal and some canned goods. It’s about people in communities sharing what they have. To whom much is given, much is required.”


Live here. Give here. You can help people like Francine Moore feed loved ones, friends and neighbors in our community. Donate your non-perishable food items in support of Hunger Free Mondays. When you do, you’ll be sharing the gift of love and helping the York County Food Bank fight hunger in York County.