If you are out of work without pay, you are eligible to receive food sourced from the state and federal government from a food bank or food pantry in Pennsylvania.
This includes service workers who are unable to get shifts or hourly wage employees of non-essential businesses that have voluntarily closed due to COVID-19 mitigation. Find out more about how to get emergency food assistance.
You can also dial 211 or click here for food assistance.
For a list of free community meals please click here.
Mission Church Community Food Pantry is providing one free box of non-perishable food items once a month per household.
To request to receive food, individuals or families can sign up at mission-church.com/foodpantry or by calling 717-393-9600. No proof of income is needed.
The Mission Church Community Food Pantry is located at:
651 Lampeter Road, Lancaster PA, 17602
Central PA food hub emergency food boxes – 25 pounds each of non-perishable food
Pick up location – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 64 Hershey Avenue, Lancaster
Thursday, June 18 from 9:30 – 11:30 am (or until supplies last)
Free to anyone who stops by and requests one. No paperwork to fill out.
Food is an essential service so we will continue to service as per "normal" despite the current COVID-19 crisis...We want to protect our employees and clients so there will be some safety measures. https://lancasterfoodhub.org/food/
School District in Lancaster County are offering free meals to those in need during the closures.
Here’s when and where families from each district can pick up free meals. Note: Most schools require family members bring either a student ID, or a student be present, to receive a meal.
— Cocalico: Weekdays starting Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all three elementary schools.
— Columbia Borough: Weekdays from 9:45 to 11 a.m. at Park Elementary School and the Columbia Middle School Taylor campus.
— Conestoga Valley: Plans for the rest of the week have no been announced.
— Donegal: Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Janus School in Mount Joy and Donegal Intermediate School.
— Eastern Lancaster County: Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Holland Mennonite Church and the Eastern Lancaster County Library.
— Elizabethtown Area: District spokesman Troy Portser said the district is working to partner with community churches and organizations for families experiencing food insecurity, and it plans to release specifics Tuesday.
— Ephrata Area: Tuesday and Thursday, as well as March 23 and March 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ephrata High School, and Fulton and Clay elementary schools. Families are asked to fill out an online questionnaire at bit.ly/EphrataQuestionnaire prior to picking up meals.
— Hempfield: Weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mountville Elementary School.
— Lampeter-Strasburg: Students eligible for free or reduced lunch should have gotten a call with information for grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches, the district’s website states. Those who are eligible and didn’t get a call should contact the child’s school office.
— Manheim Central: Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind Manheim Central High School.
— Manheim Township: Weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bucher and Schaeffer elementary schools.
— Octorara Area: Weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. outside the Parkesburg Point Youth Center.
— Penn Manor: Weekdays at students’ regular bus stops. Visit Penn Manor’s website for further details. Students who normally walk to Penn Manor High School or Eshleman Elementary School can pick up meals between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at Eshleman.
— Pequea Valley: Tuesdays between 10 a.m. and noon, and Thursdays between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Factory Ministries in Paradise Township.
— Solanco: Weekdays beginning Wednesday at Solanco High School during the following times, which are recommended to ease traffic: 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. for kindergarten through third grade; 9:40 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. for grades four through eight; 10:20 a.m. to 11 a.m. for grades nine through 12.
— Warwick: Weekdays beginning Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lititz Elementary School and Warwick Middle School. Families are asked to sign up online for meals each day. Saturdays beginning March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Warwick Ministerium. Families going to that location are asked to sign up here.