According to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap, more than 52,000 individuals in Lancaster County are considered “food insecure”. That’s 1 in 10 persons. For children; the number is 1 in 6. Many families in Lancaster County (62%) admit to having to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or healthcare, and 45% admit to having to choose between paying for food and paying for rent/mortgage.
To help combat these staggering statistics we have kicked off our annual February Food Drive. We are accepting donations of non-perishable food items throughout the month. If you would like to support our February Food Drive, please bring donations of non-perishable food items or other grocery items to our Manheim station (60 W Colebrook Street) or our Elizabethtown station (380 W Bainbridge St) throughout the month of February. All items will be delivered to the food banks geographically located in the Northwest EMS primary response area during the first week of March.
Suggested donations: Canned fruit, canned or instant potatoes and other vegetables, pasta (variety of types) and sauce, canned meats such as tuna, chicken and SPAM, Jelly, Coffee (ground), peanut butter and canned soup. Items such as laundry detergent, shampoo, toothpaste and soap are accepted, as is paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels and tissues.
2019 marks the 6th year Northwest EMS has held our food drive. With your help, we can help keep the pantry shelves filled at our local food banks so that those who are in need of a little help can find nutritious meal options for their family.