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A Fresh Idea

Local Food

Program: Food Hub

Partner Organization: Lancaster County Council of Churches

Grant: $100,000 Long Term Creative Solutions Matching Fund

The Lancaster County Council of Churches has seen the number of people coming to its food bank double in the past five years. But in addition to serving more, the organization wanted to serve our community’s at-risk families better. So they came up with an innovative approach- a new 27,000-square-foot building dubbed Lancaster’s “Food Hub,” where the Council will be able to coordinate distribution to pantries and community meal sites around Lancaster County, and more importantly- will be able to collect fresh produce from Lancaster County fields to supplement meals and create a healthier community.

“It’s time to change the conversation. It’s not about fullness. It’s about wellness,” said Council of Churches executive director Rev. Scott Fischer. The additional space, a sophisticated inventory system, and added industrial-sized freezers and refrigerators will allow the Food Hub to collect slighted blemished or overstock fruits and vegetables from the local area to supplement the typical food pantry canned food- which can lead to obesity, diabetes and other health problems for the most vulnerable in our community.

The Community Foundation is proud to support this effort to increase the quality of basic needs response and healthy food in Lancaster County with a $100,000 grant from our Long Term Creative Solutions Matching Fund. This fund focuses on innovative solutions that increase economic opportunity or youth development in Lancaster City and Columbia and is renewable for up to three years.

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