Lancaster County & Central PA Resources

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]

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]