Lancaster County & Central PA Resources

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Meals for Children during COVID-19 school closure
Summer Meals for Children
General Assistance

Hotlines & Directories

State Assistance Programs

Benefits Screening [Locations]


WIC/Food Stamps

  • Pennsylvania WIC – 717-509-3686 [Website]
  • WIC eligibility guidelines & application – CAP Lancaster [CAP Website on WIC Eligibility]
  • Food Stamps Hotline: Central PA Food Bank – 1-877-999-5964 (ENG & ESP)

Food Vouchers [Full List]

Local Meals & Other Programs

United Way PA 2-1-1 East –county, state, regional services & assistance [Searchable Database]

Meals & Food Distribution

  • Wellspan Emergency Food Voucher Program – Lancaster County [Website]
  • Community meals – Lancaster County [Full List]
  • Charitable Meal Programs – Lancaster County [Download Maps]
  • Soup kitchens – Lancaster County [Full List]
  • Food pantries – Lancaster County [Full List]
  • Summer Food Service Programs [List]

Other Programs

Nutrition & Exercise

If you are interested in learning more about nutrition education opportunities, please contact Brenda Buescher, Health Promotion Specialist, Wellness Center, Lancaster General Health or (717) 544-3865.

Healthy Eating


  • Lancaster on the Move: Free & low cost activities and wellness resources [PDF]
  • Exercise Tracker: MyFitnessPal
Gardening & Fresh Food
  • Lancaster County community gardens [Website]
  • Fresh produce delivery at work – partner with a local CSA  (Community Supported Agriculture) [Lighten Up Lancaster]
  • School Garden Toolkit: Start Your Own Garden [Lighten Up Lancaster]
  • USDA People’s Garden Initiative [Website]
Data & Statistics


State & Local

  • Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-Free Pennsylvania 2016 Governor’s Food Security Partnership [Report]
  • Hunger statistics [Central PA Food Bank]
  • Central PA Food Bank: Map the Meal Gap – Child Food Insecurity 2015 [Study]
  • Hunger in America: Central Pennsylvania 2014 [Full Report]