Outreach Center

Our community food bank, uplifting families to experience God’s provision in their lives. 

Supporting Our Community

Food Outreach

Many in our Lancaster community face difficult decisions between paying rent and buying groceries. At the Outreach Center we provide nutritious food to help combat this issue, but also take the opportunity to pray or build community with every individual who comes through our doors. In the end we want each person to experience God’s provision in their lives and know they are not alone in trying times.

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Impact of the Outreach Center

Fresh Breads and Produce
Non-Perishable Food Items
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Hours and Important Information

Anyone from the community looking for groceries may come any week at the following times:

Tuesdays from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM OR Wednesdays from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Please note, you may not come both days and must bring a photo ID to verify. 

Anyone can come again on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM for Bread, pastry, and produce. No ID necessary on Fridays only.

Due to COVID-19: All food is now prepackaged and guests must stand 6 feet apart while in line.

Directions

We are located at 210 South Prince Street and our Outreach Center is located on our campus block, on the corner of Conestoga and South Prince Street. See our campus map here. 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Host a Drive

We serve 400+ meals a day in our dining hall and provide groceries to thousands of members of our community each week. By hositng a drive, you can help us provide for those who are most vulnerable. 

An Update from Jack 5/4/2020

12/17/2020

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

President