Rescue Mission Food Drive

Ends December 19

What's Rescue Mission Food Drive?

Lancaster coming together!

This holiday season alone, Water Street Mission will serve nearly 45,000 meals to people experiencing homelessness. Additionally, we will give thousands of bags of groceries to those in need. 

Here are two simple steps you can take to join the effort and make a difference for struggling families and individuals in our local community!

Get Started With 2 Steps!

Step 1: Fill a bag with the following suggested items:

Boxed cereal

Boxed stuffing mix

Canned fruit

Canned gravy or gravy mix

Canned meats (Spam/Tuna)

Canned vegetables

Canned soup

Canned yams or sweet potatoes

Coffee (beans or ground)

Condensed soup (15.5oz)

Instant mashed potatoes

Juice (OJ & Apple – Plastic)

Ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise



Cream of wheat

Pancake mix and syrup


Peanut butter and jelly

Rice (all kinds)

Salad dressings

Spaghetti sauce

Cans of Chef Boyardee (any type)

Cans of beef stew

Boxed Hamburger

Helper-type mixes

Mac & cheese

Step 2: Drop off your donation at:

Sharp Shopper (Locations in Lancaster County only)

Boscov’s (Park City Mall)

Javateas (Both Locations)

Community Aid (Lancaster Only)

Any Berger Rental Community Office

Bomberger’s Store (Lititz)


Any Sheetz, Weis Markets, AAA Central Penn and M&T Bank (Locations in Lancaster County only)

Or choose a direct drop-off

You can always drop off your food goods at our dock, Monday – Saturday, 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. We are located on 210. S Prince Street in Lancaster.

How much is 70,000 lbs?

70,000 lbs. is roughly equal to 24 cars!

Want to make a bigger impact?


Thank you to our Sponsors!

Allen Family

And to our drop off locations!

An Update from Jack 5/4/2020


Dear Friends,

Throughout this season, we have encountered a number of challenges in operating our shelter safely. Thankfully we have been blessed to see no community spread among our guests. This is due not only to the work of our team, but also the ways that upgrades to our facilities came at just the right time.

For example, Providence Shelter, which opened in November 2019, provides additional spacing and a top-tier air filtration system. We have also been able to implement the same air filtration standards in our dining hall prior to the most recent wave of COVID.

Because a high percentage of our guests have preexisting health conditions, we have had to be diligent in our safety protocols, doing our best to ensure their safety. For us that has included implanting all CDC disinfecting, masking and social distancing from the very beginning. This has led to major changes in roles and responsibilities of staff. Staff have taken over disinfecting in shifts all over campus. They have also delivered much of our support services and programs through zoom, hosting counseling sessions and classes virtually and meeting in-person with plexi-glass dividers only when necessary.

For meals, we’ve changed preparation and delivery to help minimize interaction of guests who live in different facilities. At times that has meant delivering meals to certain Residential Floors so we can keep smaller groups in the dining hall. We have also had to restrict guests’ travel on and off campus to only essential trips such as going to work, the doctors, shopping etc., in order to minimize unnecessary exposure.

Another change in this season has been how we do intakes. Currently, the intake process requires new guests to be tested for COVID-19. They await their test results in a separate temporary shelter we have set up, before entering Providence Emergency Shelter.

All of these changes have been made while severely limiting the number of volunteers on campus. At one point, all volunteering was completely put on hold. Now, we are running with a third of our normal volunteers.

And it’s been tiring, for both staff and guests. We have had times where many staff were working remotely due to their own health risks. Other times where staff or guests have been quarantined due to exposures. But even with all of the schedule changes, increased overtime, and cross-shift working, our team has done an amazing job persevering through all of the challenges.

What to Expect This Winter Typically we have over 200 total guests on campus, over 100 in our Residential Programs over and 100 in our Emergency Shelters. Although our Residential capacity remains about the same, we have had to reduce the available beds in Providence Shelter to ensure safe spacing overnight from about 75 to 55.

Winter always presents its own challenges, so we anticipate this year will be no different. Women in our Providence Shelter have moved over to the shelter at St. Mary’s across the street, run by the Lancaster Food Hub. During their stay there they have full access to all of our services, including showers, food and staff support. Not only does having women shift to St. Mary’s enable us to free up additional beds for men, it will help us keep the shelter populations separate and limit the risk of spread.

Thank You We have been so encouraged by the support we have received this year. Without a community coming around us and our guests, we would not be able to keep our guests safe and continue to guide them in their restoration journeys. We truly couldn’t do what we do without you.

Jack Crowley