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 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
*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 Foo 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 3-5pm
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.
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:
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
The PSU Educational Opportunity Center will continue to offer educational support services to low-income seniors in high school and adults in the York area. Interested students can go to the online registration here.
For more information on services for free assistance with college planning, student financial aid (FAFSA), information about trade schools, professional certification programs, community colleges and GED / HiSet classes, contact:
Jess Abrams Schrodel
The Hampton Inn (1550 Mount Zion Rd., York PA 17402) is still open to help in anyway. Open to anyone with hotel needs, or medical professionals in need, please call 717.840.1500 for more information.
Community Access to Legal Services
On March 18th, the PA Supreme Court declared a statewide judicial emergency through April 14, 2020. In York, the judicial center and county and legal aid offices related to the administration of justice are closed to the general public.
Members of the public currently involved in legal proceedings are requested to stay in contact with their attorneys for updates as the situation evolves.
The courts will provide advisement of continuances and cancellations via mail and robo-call.
Members of the public in need of legal services for new matters have several options:
1) For businesses or employees in need of legal assistance, call or email the York County Bar Association for help in connecting with an attorney: 717-854-8755×201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (M-F 8:30 am- 4:30 pm)
2) Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and low-income residents who need civil legal services should call MidPenn Legal Services 717-848-3605. The office is closing from the end of day, March 19th until 8:30 a.m. on March 25, 2019. Clients can apply for services online at apply.midpenn.org however they will not be responding or returning calls until March 25, 2019.
3) Visit the Court Self-Help and Law Resource Center online at https://yorkcountypa.gov/courts-criminal-justice/self-help-center.html or email CourtSelfHelp@YorkCountyPA.gov. The self-help center is closed for all purposes except assisting protection from abuse plaintiffs who cannot be assisted by the advocates’ office.
York County Judicial Center operations are currently limited to critical functions for at least the next 30 days. Judges will use advanced technology whenever possible to keep the number of people in a courtroom to 12. Only those matters that are required by statute to be held within a certain time period as well as matters deemed an emergency by a judge will be held. These include, but not limited to, requests for protection from abuse, indirect criminal contempt hearings, bench warrants, certain juvenile matters, emergency guardianships, involuntary commitments and injunctions.
Important note regarding eviction proceedings and COVID-19: as a loss of income is likely for those who have the virus and those under quarantine which may affect ability to make rent payments and mortgage-loan payments, the Court will not entertain evictions or ejectments until at least April 3, 2020. The Order does not prevent a landlord from requesting an order for possession where a judgment has already been entered. Orders for Possession, if granted, will not be executed until April 3, 2020 or later.
All York County Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court appointments, including Marriage Licenses, are suspended immediately until further notice. In the case of the Orphans’ Court, only persons filing Emergency Petitions for Guardianship will be permitted. Please be aware that the door to the Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court is currently locked, and only those filing Emergency Petitions for Guardianship will be permitted to enter.
Orphans’ Court and Marriage Licenses – (717) 771-9288
Emergency Petitions for Guardianship – (717) 771-9258
Wills & Estates – (717) 771-9607
As of Friday, March 20, noon, the Recorder of Deeds office will also be closed to the public. The office will continue to process recordings (E-recording preferred). They are still accepting documents mailed to the office with a self-addressed stamped envelope to return recorded documents. UPS and FedEx are still delivering packages. There is a drop box for walk-ins located inside the main administrative center doors.
Additional changes and limitations are expected.
Local Restaurants Open for Business
Local media partner, York Daily Record, is aiming to maintain a list of restaurants and businesses still open, and available for to-go and take out. Please click here to view their updated list.
Free Prescription Delivery in York County
Minnich’s Pharmacy is continuing their medication delivery radius and are taking extraordinary steps to mitigate the spread of the virus until the threat subsides.
FREE HOME MEDICATION DELIVERY is available for most of York and parts of Adams Counties.
Please contact Minnich’s Pharmacy at 717-848-2312 with any questions or requests for medication delivery.
For PA Drivers
In response to COVID-19, PennDOT has issued the following changes:
- All driver license centers and photo license centers in Pennsylvania will remain closed through March 31, unless otherwise updated.
- For any driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits expiring through March 31, the new expiration date is April 30, 2020.
- Vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections expiring through 16 through March 31, the expiration date is now extended until April 30, 2020.
Northern York Unified Emergency Management Agency
Local Information Line: 717-638-8042; this will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday this week, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday next week.
PeoplesBank is offering financial hardship assistance to address payment and fee relief options, accessibility to credit, and opportunities for business loans, found here:
They are also providing regularly updated information related to coronavirus and the bank, found here:
Cultural Alliance York Artist Relief Fund
Cultural Alliance of York County, in partnership with its generous donors, are addressing the urgent need of artists and performers by taking immediate action to deploy money through the York Artist Relief Fund. The COVID-19 pandemic is putting staggering pressures on artists in York County. With strict guidelines to stem the spread of the virus, public gatherings are banned, venues are closed, performances, shows, events, classes and gigs are being cancelled. Artists are losing income – immediately and into the foreseeable future. The Cultural Alliance York Artist Relief Fund will award grants of up to $500 to individual artists who live in York County whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Read more & apply here.
York County COVID-19 Response Fund
In challenging times like these, collaboration, generosity and community are most needed. That’s why York County Community Foundation (YCCF) has established the York County COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with the United Way of York County and other philanthropic partners. The Fund will provide financial support to nonprofit organizations rising to the challenge of meeting the increasing needs of our community during this crisis.
The fund is seeded by a $100,000 lead gift from YCCF’s Fund for York County, the foundation’s most flexible grantmaking fund designed to address the county’s greatest needs. Additional contributors are the W. Dale Brougher Foundation, Arthur J. & Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation, Kinsley Foundation, Powder Mill Foundation, and J William Warehime Foundation. Recognizing that community needs are growing and changing, this Fund will welcome additional contributions. 100% of the proceeds will to directly towards grants to nonprofit organizations.
“The Community Foundation knows that in times of need, York Countians step up to support each other,” said Jane M. Conover, MSW, President & CEO of YCCF. “By collaborating with the United Way of York County, philanthropic leaders and community partners throughout the County, we are able to strategically and rapidly deploy our collective resources to organizations with the greatest capacity to meet the immediate demands for basic services such as food and housing that have increased as a direct result of the novel coronavirus. As community needs evolve over the next months, we will adapt the grantmaking focus as well.”
Grant recipients will be identified by surveying and engaging in dialogue with nonprofit and government agencies responding to the impacts of the pandemic. A community advisory committee is being formed to provide input on priority needs and will include representatives from local agencies, health and human service sector experts, and representatives from the community. The York County COVID-19 Response Fund will initially focus on supporting nonprofit agencies with the greatest capacity to provide food and shelter to the most vulnerable residents. No grant applications are being accepted.
“In this unprecedented crisis, United Way of York County remains committed to serving our neighbors who are especially vulnerable in times of uncertainty,” said Anne Druck, President, United Way of York County. “The York County COVID-19 Response Fund is an opportunity to engage our community members who are able to give back, and work together to ensure our nonprofit partners have the critical resources necessary to continue to meet our community’s needs.”
There are many ways to support our community in this time of need. In addition to considering a gift to the York County COVID-19 Response Fund, residents are encouraged to continue to support the charities they care about who are struggling with diminished revenue.
Although many nonprofit organizations have paused their volunteer opportunities due to recommendations on social distancing, you can still help support urgent community needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are healthy and able, please visit United Way’s COVID-19 Resource page at https://www.unitedway-york.org/covid-19, which is updated regularly with volunteer opportunities as we receive them. Know of a volunteer opportunity that should be added? Reach out to Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Bryce Kruger at email@example.com.
The health and human services helpline 211 is also a powerful resource to be shared with individuals who may need additional resources for childcare, food, housing and other needs in this challenging time. Anyone can dial 211 or text your zip code to #898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free.
For more information about the fund, please visit https://yccf.org/covid-19responsefund/.
Pivot Physical Therapy
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- York: 717-430-0770
CARES Act guidance: On Monday, we published a series of blogs outlining key provisions of the CARES Act and explaining what families, small businesses and employers can expect. You’ll find these posts along with all our coronavirus guidance in our resource center, but here are direct links in case you wish to share with various audiences:
Google Grant: COVID-19: $800+ million to support small businesses and crisis response
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen around the world, it’s taking a devastating toll on lives and communities. To help address some of these challenges, today we’re announcing a new $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic.
For more information, see the blog post from Google’s CEO here.
Altland House Launches Meal Service to Aid York County COVID-19 Efforts
Abbottstown, PA-based Altland House Hospitality Group (AHHG) has developed a temporary program to provide reduced-price meals for the York County community during this time of difficulty. With AHHG’s history of producing the local Meals-On-Wheels program, they have the ability and experience to produce thousands of meals on-demand. AHHG’s facility at The Wyndham Garden York near West Manchester was chosen as the location for meal prep and pick-up, as it’s centrally-located for a majority of the York County population.
The service start-up date is Tuesday, April 7th.
AHHG’s plan is to offer a hearty meal for $5 per person. The meals will be served curbside style, and can be packaged individually or in portions of 20+ servings for groups or families (with prior arrangements by phone or email). Two meal options will be served daily. A drive-thru pick-up service has been established at the hotel, to provide for the safe transfer of food to vehicles.
Their goal is to produce approximately 2000 meals per week, with hopes to expand that number with outreach to more businesses/donors. Donations can be made on their Facebook page through a secure fund-raising link, or directly to Ryan Haugh at AHHG: firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.295.9535.
Food service will be provided Tues-Sat, from 2P to 6:00P, on a first-come, first-served basis. Cash and major credit cards accepted.