Following a Sales career in broadcasting, Philadelphia native and food justice advocate Cathy Snyder spent 14 years living in various countries in Asia and Europe before returning to Bucks County in Eastern Pennsylvania and beginning her social impact journey. Awakened to the depth of food insecurity while volunteering, she realized there was an untapped resource in the local farm community to help fill the nutrition gap faced by food pantries – organizations whose limited budgets and growing customer base make it ever more challenging to provide nutritious, high-quality food.
In just a few short years, Cathy has grown Rolling Harvest Food Rescue from an initial connection between one food pantry and one farm to a vibrant network of volunteers, farmers, and hunger-relief sites that has distributed more than 4,200,000 pounds of healthy, delicious, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and organic proteins to thousands of food insecure families. The Rolling Harvest team currently gleans donated food from more than 40 local farms and markets and distributes to more than 80 hunger-relief agencies helping the neediest families in the eastern PA/central NJ region.
Cathy is committed to raising awareness about the hidden face of local hunger and food-insecurity and offers many simple actions we can all take to nourish our neighbors in need.
She and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue have been honored as the 2021 Bucks County Woman of Distinction Award by Soroptimist International; The 2020 PASA Sustainable Agriculture Community Leadership Award; 2019 YWCA Salute to Women Award recipient; United Way of Bucks County’s United In Health and Wellness Impact Award recipient for 2016; Edible Jersey Magazine’s 2015 Local Hero of the Year; Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger’s Community Partner Against Hunger Award 2015; Bucks County Opportunity Council’s Community Connector 2015 Award recipient; was the recipient of United Way’s 2014 Multiplier Award; was named Applegate Corporation’s Food Changemaker of 2013; and received Wakefern Corporation’s Angel of Hunterdon County Award in 2012.
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania