Following a Sales career in broadcasting, Philadelphia native and food justice advocate Cathy Snyder spent 14 years living in the Far East before returning to 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 agricultural 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 two million pounds of healthy, delicious, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and organic meats to thousands of food insecure families. The Rolling Harvest team currently collects donated food from 40 local farms and markets and distributes to more than 60 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.
Awards: 2019 YWCA Salute to Women Who Make a Difference Award, Pennypack Farm and Education Center Community Leadership Award for 2018, Bucks Intelligencer/Courier Times Good-Doer Award Finalist 2017, United Way of Bucks County’s United In Health and Wellness Impact Award 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, United Way’s 2014 Multiplier Award; Applegate Corporation’s Food Changemaker of 2013, Wakefern Corporation’s Angel of Hunterdon County Award in 2012.