For many in Lancaster, waiting in line at Clipper Magazine Stadium in the dark of a cold December morning to pick up a box with all the ingredients for a holiday meal was a ritual. This year, however, volunteers will be making home deliveries.

The Lancaster County Project for the Needy has given away holiday meals for 34 years, bringing together volunteers in the hours before dawn on the Saturday before Christmas to pack boxes of of donated food that includes turkey, potatoes, carrots, celery, sweet potatoes, milk, bread, green beans, cranberry relish, eggs and much more.

But the COVID-19 virus and the need for social distancing has changed the way the boxes will be distributed this year. LCPN has hundreds of drivers ready to roll out on Saturday, December 19 to home deliver up 800 boxes.

To sign up, call the United Way’s 211 number or 855-567-5341. Families can also sign up online here.

Here’s a story that WGAL ran about the cherished event.

Hunger-Free Lancaster County salutes Lancaster County Project for the Needy for making this enormous program so successful for all these years!