Food pantry gains new location in York City with help of York County Food Bank

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Harvest of Blessing volunteers Anthony Harris and Joann Holley pack items at the York County Food Bank Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Harvest of Blessing operates out of the York County Food Bank warehouse on Princess Street in York City. Bill Kalina photo

Harvest of Blessing Food Pantry is reopening its doors to the public with a new location in York City.

With the aid of the York County Food Bank, the nonprofit has successfully moved into its new space at 254 W. Princess St. 

"I always wanted to have it set up like a grocery store; people can see what they want and have choices," said Harvest of Blessing CEO Jural Toby. "This is the best way to do it — to give clients choice. It’s a win-win."

Ricardo Cabassa of York City, left, accepts a food item from Harvest of Blessing volunteer Randy Christy at the York County Food Bank Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Harvest of Blessing operates out of the York County Food Bank warehouse on Princess Street in York City. Bill Kalina photo

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the York County Food Bank scaled back its distribution at 254 W. Princess St. and moved the majority of its food distribution events to a warehouse on Haines Road, leaving some walk-up events at the West Princess Street site.

Seeking an indoor space to allow for more space and storage gave Harvest of Blessing the opportunity to move into a spot at the York County Food Bank property in York City.

Jennifer Brillhart, president and CEO of the York County Food Bank, said she is grateful for the new partnership to enable both nonprofits to better serve York City residents with food assistance.

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Harvest of Blessings will distribute food from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

The nonprofit — which has been in operation for 17 years — has served 1,765 households since September.

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