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These York County food pantries can help during COVID-19 crisis

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

Food pantries across York County are prepared to help residents who are struggling to make ends meet during the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 1 million Pennsylvanians have filed for unemployment since March 15, according to the most recent data at the state Office of Unemployment Compensation.

March 15 was the date Gov. Tom Wolf first urged nonessential businesses to close their doors and announced that all bars and restaurants must shutter their dine-in facilities.

Below is a list of charitable organizations offering free groceries to individuals and families in need.

The WELL – Food Pantry: Union Lutheran Church408 W. Market St. in York City. Open 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. Call 717-852-7345 to make an appointment.

Harvest of Hope Food Pantry: 4485 Wolfs Church Road in West Manchester Township. Open 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 717-792-6070 to make an appointment.

Officer Randolph Hernadez of the York City School Police stacks food boxes from the Central PA Food Bank at Ferguson Elementary School to be distributed to families of children in the York City School District, Monday, April 6, 2020. The school district has been providing free lunches for students for the past three weeks, the food box contains additional non-perishable meal items like, canned goods and pasta.
John A. Pavoncello photo

York County Food Bank – Drive-Thru Emergency Food Distribution: 1094 Haines Road in Springettsbury Township. Open 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. No appointment needed. Bring identification and be sure to make room in your vehicle's trunk, where volunteers will place a prepacked box of food.

Recipients may visit the drive-thru once a week. Call 717-846-6435 with questions or concerns.

Northeastern Food Pantry: Starview United Church of Christ, 4832 N. Sherman St. Ext. in East Manchester Township. Open 9:30 a.m. Fridays. and alternating hours Tuesdays (1:30 p.m. April 14,  6:30 p.m. April 21, then back to 1:30 p.m. the following Tuesday, and so on).

Call 717-266-6785 to make an appointment.

Southern York County Pantry: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave. in New Freedom. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings by appointment only.

Call 717-235-6370 to schedule a pick-up time.

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New Hope Ministries – Dillsburg: 99 W. Church St. in Dillsburg. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Existing clients can call to make an appointment directly.

Marie Sutton of the The Central PA Food Bank delivers more than 300 food boxes to Ferguson Elementary School to be distributed to families of children in the York City School District, Monday, April 6, 2020. The school district has been providing free lunches for students for the past three weeks, the food box contains additional non-perishable meal items like, canned goods and pasta.
John A. Pavoncello photo

Those who are not existing clients should call 717-432-3053, and a staff member will determine if you qualify for services.

New Hope Ministries – Dover: 62 N. Main St. in Dover. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Existing clients can call to make an appointment directly.

Those who are not existing clients should call 717-292-3441, and a staff member will determine if you qualify for services.

New Hope Ministries – Hanover: 135 Baltimore St. in Hanover. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Existing clients can call to make an appointment directly.

Those who are not existing clients should call 717-698-3365, and a staff member will determine if you qualify for services.

In addition: Pennsylvania residents can also call 211 and speak to someone at the United Way about other community resources such as food, rent and utility payment assistance, said Victoria Ernest, director of the New Hope Ministries center in Dover.

This is a developing list. Please check yorkdispatch.com for updates. 

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