Food Pantry

To make a donation to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Food Pantry, please click on the following link:  Donate Now: https://goo.gl/Ewrz0h

Effective with the distribution on Tuesday, March 17, the food pantry will be accessible to the community, but item distribution will change.  Patrons will be able to pick up prepackaged bags, but we will not bring those receiving services through the pantry due to COVID-19.  We are doing this to protect you as well as our volunteers and apologize for any inconvenience.  All food will be delivered to the clients in the parking lot.

We continue to experience a surge in families needing assistance through the Food Pantry.  We can use additional volunteers.  We are seeking folks who are not in the “at risk” category for COVID-19.  Simply notify Larry or Janet Moore if you can help on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning.  Our most critical need is with help on Tuesday mornings.

Our food pantry serves the south-west neighborhood of the city of York. Monthly more than 150 families are served.

Tuesday is distribution day from 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pantry needs for September are:  canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned meats, mashed potato mix, rice, pasta side dishes and peanut butter.

Plastic bags (grocery size) are always needed. 

Money donations are also gratefully accepted.  Please place cash or check in a “special” envelope marked “Pantry”.

The Food Pantry is staffed by about 50 volunteers and has been open to our neighbors in need for 30 years.  Provisions come from donations brought in by our members, Scout Troop 19 Food Drive,  the York County Food Bank, the Central Penn Food Bank, and the Letter Carriers Food Drive.   St. Paul’s Preschool has helped and collected food  items for the Food Pantry for Thanksgiving.  Bread not sold on Monday’s at Panera, is picked up and packaged for our clients.  Thanks to Hillandale Farms, we have fresh eggs for our pantry clients and during the summer growing season we have fresh produce grown in the Community Garden – a joint project of St. Paul’s and the Unitarian Universalist Church of York.  Both the eggs and the fresh produce are wonderful nutritional additions for our pantry clients.

We are in need of Pantry volunteers!

Work in the pantry one Tuesday morning a month for 3 hours!  Please see Teresa Rohrbaugh for days and time that help is needed or call the church office, 717-843-8155.  Thank you to all of our current volunteers!  We could not offer this service to our neighbors without your help.  Schedules are mailed out to volunteers quarterly.  If you can’t help out each month, maybe you would consider signing up to be a sub on Tuesday mornings in the Pantry.  We need volunteers to sub on Tuesday mornings to help cover for those on vacation.

Janet and Larry Moore are always looking for help to get the food to the pantry.  The Pantry has moved to its new location on the North side of the building and there is a ramp for getting food into and clients taking food out of the Pantry.  Eggs are picked up from Hillandale and food from the York County Food Bank.  If you have a truck and are available one morning a month, the Food Bank helps to load the food and there is help at the church to unload the food.  Help is also needed on select Thursday mornings each month to help unload and place food products in the pantry area that have been delivered by Central Penn Food Bank!  It takes much food and many hands to feed the hungry in our community!

 

Community Garden

In 2010 we entered into a joint gardening project with our neighbors at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York. Working in God’s soil with compatible people is a joy. The garden is “green” in every sense of the word; care is taken with the plantings, choices of plants, locale and weather considerations.

What do we do with all of the fresh produce?  We provide this produce to our Food Pantry clients on Tuesdays.  For those people who visit our Tuesday food distribution, they are thrilled with the locally grown fresh produce like Romaine lettuce, fresh juicy tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, collard greens.  They don’t always have the luxury of fresh produce on a regular basis.  Workers gather at a variety of times to carry out the tasks of weeding, harvesting and replanting and the gardeners are always happy for additional hands.

The pleasure of working together has reaped a harvest of food and friendship for the community.  We have been blessed with an abundance of wonderful produce over the years.

Thank you to all of our gardeners for all of your hard work!  It is much appreciated by the recipients!

 

” The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.”    Isiah 58:11