Access to Food

by | Apr 7, 2020 | YoCo Helps

Access to Food

Emergency Food Assistance is Available through Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Network. The agency partners of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank are providing groceries, take-out meals and a dose of hope to people in need. Alternative distributions are scheduled at many different locations with significant precautionary procedures in place to protect clients, staff and volunteers. People who are hungry and families that rely on food assistance should still seek help when they need it. Visit the “Find Food” page on www.centralpafoodbank.org to find the closest program or call 717-547-6336 for information.

The York County Food Bank is committed to making sure all of our neighbors have access to enough food during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

As the COVID-19 situation intensifies daily, the York County Food Bank is facing an unprecedented challenge to support our food insecure neighbors, as well as actively preparing to support those who may now be facing hunger as a result of lost hours, wages or jobs.

In response to the public health crisis, the Food Bank has been working around the clock to scale up operations and provide emergency food assistance.  Never during the Food Bank’s 40-year history has it experienced such a demand for food.  The Food Bank quickly determined that its current location in York City was not large enough to safely store and serve the growing need of people impacted by COVID-19.  In response, the Food Bank secured an additional facility in East York and will hold its first food distribution at the new location on Tuesday.

The East York Emergency Food Hub is located at 1094 Haines Road, next to the Salvation Army with approximately 82,000 square feet, more than five times larger the Food Bank’s main location.  Without the generosity of so many businesses and government entities, including Kinsley Properties, L.S. Lee, Inc., MidAtlantic Industrial Equipment, Price Refrigeration, Ehrlich Pest Control, Springettsbury Township, PA Dept of Ag, USDA and more, this could not have come together so quickly.

This larger space, graciously provided by Kinsley Properties, will enable the Food Bank to meet the increased need for food in our community. Director of Leasing at Kinsley Properties, Daniel S. Hawks, stated, “we are working to support the Food Bank and this new location will enable the Food Bank to continue its mission and life-sustaining work.”

“This new Emergency Food Hub is a game changer for us,” said CEO & President Jennifer Brillhart.  “We will now be able to fully serve the growing numbers that are in need of food assistance in York County.  The larger space will allow Food Bank volunteers to now safely pack emergency food boxes and safely accommodate the large numbers of people in need.”

For those impacted by COVID-19 and struggling to afford food, they can visit www.yorkfoodbank.org to get information on walk up, drive-thru, or pop up distributions and/or call 2-1-1 to find their nearest food pantry.

COVID-19 Disaster Drive-Thru Food Distribution

York County Food Bank’s East York Emergency Food Hub

1094 Haines Road

(building next to the Salvation Army)

York, PA 17404

Tuesdays 4-7pm

*If able, participants are asked to only bring one member of the household and to remain in their vehicle.  The Food Bank also requests that participants ensure that their trunks are cleared out so volunteers can load food with minimal interaction. 

Those that do not have transportation to attend the East York Emergency Food Hub, may obtain food at the Food Bank’s main location.

COVID-19 Disaster Walk-Up Food Distribution

York County Food Bank- main location

254 W Princess St. York, 17401

Tuesdays from 4-5pm

At distributions, free emergency food boxes will be provided to each household containing approximately 3-4 meals. Each household will also receive fresh and frozen items that include meat, dairy and produce.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Hope Ministries is currently distributing food assistance via curb-side appointment and via their Mobile Food Pantry. Those in need of food should call their closest New Hope Ministries center to set up an appointment or go to nhm-pa.org to find out when the mobile pantry will be in their area.

Hanover Center: 717-698-3365

Dillsburg Center: 717-432-3053

Dover Center: 717-292-3441

Mechanicsburg Center: 717-766-7333

New Oxford Center: 717-624-4700

West Shore Center: 717-774-6255

The Hanover Area Council of Churches serves a hot, nutritious home-cooked lunch seven days a week prepared by churches, organizations and individual volunteer teams in the Hanover area. The meal is from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 365 days-a-year and is free to anyone in need. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, these meals are available for carryout.

How can you help?

At this time, the Food Bank needs your help now more than ever.  If you have the means to donate financially, please consider making a donation so the Food Bank can purchase large quantities of food and necessary supplies to meet the need.

The Food Bank is also in need of healthy volunteers.  Please visit the Food Bank’s website to learn more about volunteer needs and sign up for a volunteer shift.

For more information contact, Elizabeth Amoriello:

elizabetha@yorkfoodbank.org

About the York County Food Bank

The mission of the York County Food Bank is to end hunger in York County by working with our partner agencies to increase the quantity of—and dignified access to—high quality, nutritious food for everyone in need. The York County Food Bank serves as a central hub that collects and redistributes over two million pounds of food annually to over 125 hunger relief partners that include food pantries, shelters, churches, senior centers, schools and various community centers. The Food Bank also operates its own direct service programs in its goal to create a hunger-free York County.  For more information, visit us at http://www.yorkfoodbank.org, like us on Facebook , or call us at 717-846-6435

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