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York County Food Bank expands to second location as need grows

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

In response to the growing need during the coronavirus pandemic, the York County Food Bank has secured a second, larger facility in Springettsbury Township, where it will hold its first food distribution Tuesday.

"We needed to step up and be there for the community," said Jennifer Brillhart, the food bank's CEO and president. "It's just not possible to meet the demands at our current location."

The new facility, located at 1094 Haines Road and provided by Kinsley Properties, will enable the York County Food Bank to meet the increased need for food in the community, according to a news release.

The York County Food Bank is experiencing an "unprecedented challenge" as it is preparing to support those who may now be facing hunger as a result of lost hours, wages or jobs because of increasing cases of COVID-19, officials said.

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Volunteers box food at the York County Food Bank's new East York Food Hub in preparation for distribution, Monday, March 30, 2020. The new food hub is located in the former Kmart location, 1094 Haines Road in Springettsbury Township
John A. Pavoncello photo

At the food bank's drive Friday, more than 800 people showed up, and Brillhart said she expects at least double that amount to come to this week's events. 

The larger space at the new facility will let volunteers safely pack emergency food boxes and better accommodate a larger volume of people who require the food bank's services while following social distancing guidelines, Brillhart said.

Food bank distributions will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the new location and from 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday at its main location, located at 254 W. Princess St. 

Interested families should be prepared with their car trunks empty, as volunteers will be directly packing food into cars to limit human interaction, Brillhart said.

Those who don't have access to cars won't be turned away for food, she added.

Volunteer Cheryl Abel of Springettsbury Township puts pasta sauce in a food box at the York County Food Bank's new East York Food Hub in preparation for distribution, Monday, March 30, 2020. The new food hub is located in the former Kmart location, 1094 Haines Road in Springettsbury Township
John A. Pavoncello photo

At distributions, free emergency food boxes containing three to four meals will be provided to each household. Each household will also receive fresh and frozen items that include meat, dairy and produce, according to the news release.

"Our staff and volunteers are incredible. People have been working around the clock, every single day, working so hard," Brillhart said. "We've been here for the community, and we want to continue being there for anyone affected by the health crisis."

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.