Our Impact

Our Impact on Our City

For every 25 residence in Erie 4 are living in need. We work to restore lost hope and change the lives of those in our city.

A light in the darkness

You see the struggle everywhere.

Poverty, hunger, unemployment, homelessness, abuse, social disadvantage, dysfunctional family life, mental illness, intellectual disability, drug and alcohol addiction, prison, illiteracy and prejudice.

We are light in the darkness, a safe haven from the storms of life.


16.3% of Erie residents live at or below the poverty level.


The City of Erie is the second most impoverished city in the state of Pennsylvania. The Erie City Mission exists to eliminate poverty in our city through its programs and services that reach the poor.


146 thousand — the approximate number of meals prepared and served through the Erie City Mission's Public Meal Program. For many the free public meal program serves as their main source of nutrition.


The average cost spent on a meal by the food secure is $2.90. It costs the Erie City Mission $2.83 to provide a hot nutritious meal to the food insecure of our city.


11 companies partner with the Erie City Mission in a food recovery initiative to reduce waste and feed the hungry; Giant Eagle, Tim Hortons, Mighty Fine Donuts, Bob Evans, LongHorn Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, Valerio's Catering, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Penn State Waste Not Program, Mercyhurst University Food Recovery Network.


16,352 — the approximate number of bed nights for the homeless through our Samaritan Care, emergency men's shelter.


While the Erie City Mission meets the immediate need of each individual, it is also committed to combating the root causes of chronic homelessness through education, 12-step programs and spiritual mentorship.


The Erie City Mission trucks run 40 pick-ups per week, traveling as far as Girard, Waterford, Cambridge Springs and North East for donations. Items donated through our Donation Center are distributed to Erie's neediest.


55,580 hours — the approximate number of services hours clocked by Erie City Mission volunteers. The value of these hours equate to over $444,000 in savings.