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Community Benefit Collective

As Lancaster responds to the coronavirus, our Community Benefit Organizations (nonprofits) need us more than ever. Local organizations are dealing with uncertainty as they are challenged to serve clients in creative ways while navigating budget shortfalls due to cancelled fundraising events, the inability to fulfill government contracts due to school closures, and many other sources of revenue loss.

Learn more about the work our amazing Community Benefit Organizations are doing during this crisis and consider supporting those that are close to your heart.

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Central Market Trust

A nonprofit organization comprised of citizen volunteers, current Standholders, and City of Lancaster representatives, the Trust is dedicated to maintaining, preserving, and sharing the unique history of Market within an ever-growing community. Now, more than ever, we need the support of our community to help offset costs for our standholders so they can continue their commitment to provide fresh, local food.

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Columbia Food Bank

We are a food bank that serves Columbia, Mountville, West Hempfield Township and Manor Township. We are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30 am. During Covid-19 we are not screening individuals but we do ask for 1 form of identification with name and address. We require face masks on everyone and no children under 18 in the building. We dispense enough shelf stable food to each household once a month to make approximately 24 meals per person in the household. We also supply ground beef, hotdogs, sliced cheese, margarine and eggs to each order. Because we dispense so much in an order, we ask that if you walk to the food bank, that you bring a cart or get a ride.

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Lancaster County Food Hub

Lancaster County Food Hub is the largest provider of free fresh and healthy food for the thousands of individuals suffering from food insecurity in our community. Our focus is to not only meet the immediate need of hunger but, just as importantly, to provide food that positively impacts the individuals overall health and well-being. We offer open distributions four days per week so that our services are easily accessible. Additionally, we offer food distributions to caseworkers form other agencies so that they can take them to their clients and we provide free food to churches serving Community Meals. During the current COVID crisis we have continued to distribute food on our normal schedule so that anyone needing help could still come to us. In addition to Food Distributions, we also have the largest free clothing bank in our area and run an emergency Winter Shelter for homeless women and homeless mothers from December through early April.

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Power Packs Project

Power Packs Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that aims to improve the mental and physical health of children by helping their parents provide nutritious meals over weekends when school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable to them. Power Packs Project is designed to help families stretch their grocery money, prepare low-cost, nutritious meals for their families over the weekend and have their children fed well and ready to learn and thrive for the rest of the week. We continue to work with school district partners to support students and families during COVID-19 school closures to ensure access to weekly Power Packs food distribution.

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