Food Pantry

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

St. Paul’s Food Pantry has been serving York County for 40  years (begun September 1982).

Effective with the distribution on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 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.

Food Pantry Update
The number of shoppers coming to St. Pauls Food Pantry was up considerably in April. We are working hard to help our visitors feel welcomed and to keep the shelves stocked. Volunteers are always needed.  Some people volunteer once a month, others more frequently. We will need extra helpers during the summer when regular volunteers are away of vacation. We need helpers on Tuesdays for distribution day, every other Thursday for food delivery day, once a month on Monday evening to pick up Panera Bread, and every other Sunday for stocking shelves. We are also looking for someone who is interested in learning about the ordering and inventory of food. Contact Janet Moore, Teresa Rohrbaugh, Patty Snyder or the church office to volunteer. Please consider helping with this important ministry to our neighbors of York.

Our food pantry serves the south-west neighborhood of the city of York. Monthly more than 150 families are served and the number has gone up with the price of groceries in the grocery stores.

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

Food Pantry—May

Items needed:  Rice (1 or 2 lb bags), dehydrated potatoes, powdered milk, tomato sauce and soup.

Plastic Bags and paper bags with handles  are always needed (grocery size). Money donations are 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 since 1982.  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.   Thank you to St. Paul’s Preschool for their donations to the Food Pantry.  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-Volunteer Opportunity on Sunday and Tuesday Mornings

For those wishing to help, but unable to participate on Tuesday mornings due to jobs or school during the week, there is a new volunteer opportunity.  Twice a month volunteers work between Sunday services at 9:00 – 1015 a. m. to stock the shelves.  We still are in need of additional helpers on Tuesday mornings.  Contact Patty Snyder if you are willing to help in this ministry.

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