York County Food Bank partners with schools to provide free meals during the holidays

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch
Volunteers work to pack holiday food boxes for the annual Give-A-Meal program during a family volunteering day at York County Food Bank's Emergency Food Hub on Haines Road in Springettsbury Township, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Age limit restrictions were lifted for the day to allow younger children to experience being able to give back to those in need. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The York County Food Bank is partnering with school districts throughout York County to provide holiday meals to families in need.

Through the nonprofit's Give-A-Meal Program, students and families in need can receive a free meal, including a turkey, sides and dessert. Thirteen public school districts, plus four other schools, are participating in the program. 

If your family is in need of a holiday meal, contact your child’s school to register for the Give-A-Meal program and find out when meals will be distributed. Registration ends Tuesday, Dec. 7. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the number of in-need families, especially during the holidays, according to a food bank news release. During last year's Give-A-Meal Program, the number of families participating was much higher than previous years. 

To support this program, you can make a donation or sign up for a volunteer shift at yorkfoodbank.org. A donation of $20 can provide a full holiday meal.

Participating schools:

Central York School District

Crossroads Middle School 

Dallastown Area School District

Dover Area School District

Eastern York School District

Hanover Public School District 

Logos Academy

Lincoln Charter School

Northeastern School District

South Eastern School District

South Western School District

Southern York County School District

Spring Grove Area School District

West York Area School District

York Adams Academy

York City School District

York Suburban School District

— Reach Erin Bamer at ebamer@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @ErinBamer.