Lancaster County coalition launches summer meal program

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LANCASTER -- Hunger-Free Lancaster County, a coalition of more than 30 businesses, faith- and school-based groups, kicked off its summer meal program Tuesday with an event at the Martin Luther King Elementary School wading pool and playground.

The group's goal is to guarantee a daily lunch to kids in Lancaster County over the summer. With school out for the next few months, experts say many children lack access to healthy foods.

"Our kids, who are used to eating breakfast, lunch and oftentimes a snack during the school day for 180 days, we know they're hungry," said Dr. Jill Koser of Hunger-Free Lancaster County. "We know they need to have access to meals over the summer. This is critical to our community. We can reach thousands of children every single day by offering these services."

The Summer Food Service Program provides free, nutritious snacks and meals to children 18 and under. The following locations are participating in the program:

Hands Across the Street Sites

Each weekday during the summer, Hands Across the Street provides a healthy meal to any child 18 and under in both Columbia and Wrightsville. All meals are prepared by a professionally trained chef at Columbia Presbyterian Church.
All sites are open Monday through Friday from 11-1 (June 5-August 18).

All Hands Across the Street sites will be closed on July 4th.

For more information, please contact: Vicki Vansickle at 717-684-9444

American Legion (Lower Level)
329 Chestnut St.

Mt. Zion AME Church
222 South 5th St.

VFW (Outside Pavilion)
401 Manor St.

Wrightsville Presbyterian Church
205 North Second St.

Columbia High School (9 Weeks)
360 Locust St.

Columbia Presbyterian Church
360 Locust St.

St. John's Lutheran Church
23 South 6th St.

Wagon Werks
920 Plane St.

Central PA Food Bank Sites

If you're a child or family in need, the Central PA Food Bank is here to help. It is our belief and mission that no one should go hungry. Have your kids join us at one of our Kids Cafe® locations this summer in Lancaster City. Meals come with a sandwich, fresh fruit, milk, and vegetables!

Please contact the sites directly for meal times and any additional information.

Benchmark Program (14 & Up)
341 East Liberty St.

717-339 -9766

Bright Side Baptist
515 Hershey Ave.


The Salvation Army
131 South Queen St.


Atollo Prep
16 W King St.


780 Eden Rd. #5


Lancaster Recreation Commission Sites

All sites are located in Lancaster. For more information about these locations, contact Lucy Stauffer at (717) 392-2115 ext. 136 or at

Buchanan Park
901 Buchanan Ave.

Farnum Park Playground
100th Aly

Fulton Elementary
225 W Orange St.

Reservoir Park
832 E Orange St.

Sixth Ward Park
748 N Reservoir St. (King Playground)

Lancaster Recreation Center
525 Fairview Ave.

Camp Optimist
Conestoga Pines Park and Barn

Washington Elementary
545 S Ann St.

Rodney Park
3rd St. & Rodney St.

Boys and Girls Club Sites

For more information, contact senior director Daryl Waters at 717-295-3474 ext. 3301 or

Boys and Girls Hill Club House
116 S Water St.

Boys and Girls Jack Walker Club House
229 W Lemon St.

Boys and Girls Columbia Club House
248 Locust St.

Power Packs Project Sites

Lancaster City, Columbia & Conestoga Locations

Hill Clubhouse
116 S. Water St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Contact: Tawanda Stallworth
717-291-6275 x14151
Pick-up: Thursday 4:00-4:30pm

Power Packs Warehouse
708 East Walnut St.
Lancaster, PA 17602
Contact: Joyce Stephens
Pick-up: Thurs. 2:00-4:00pm

Washington Elementary
545 South Ann St.
Lancaster, PA 17602
Contact: Veronica Pilon
Pick-up: Thurs. 2:30-3:00 pm

Colemanville United Methodist
210 Colemanville Church Rd.
Conestoga, PA 17516
Contact: Pastor Walt Unterberger
Pick-up: Friday- Confirm time with Pastor Walt

Lancaster Recreation Commission
525 Fairview Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Contact: Lucy Stauffer
Pick-up: Thurs. 4-4:30pm

Salvation Army
131 S Queen St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Contact: Jennifer Deleissio
717-397-7565 ext. 104
Pick-up: Thurs. 2:30-3:00 pm

Hands Across the Street
360 Locust St.
, PA 17512
Contact: Vicki Vansickle
Pick-up: Friday- Confirm time with Vicki

Community Action Partnership (CAP) Lancaster County Sites

CAP Main Building
601 South Queen St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Contact: Kim Sullenberger

Carol B. Winters Building/Head Start Building Lancaster
57 Laurel St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Contact: Zac Eichelberger