The Give A Meal Program is a joint venture between the York County Food Bank and area school districts that seeks to provide holiday meals for families who cannot afford them. Participating school districts host food drives for non-perishable food goods, and volunteers from the Food Bank package these goods into holiday meals for local families. Through this program, many families who are not usually able to afford traditional holiday meals are able to enjoy them. To learn more about the Give A Meal Program and how to contribute to or participant in it, please visit the Food Bank or call at (717) 846-6435.
Complete our volunteer form to get started helping today! Click here.
Volunteers are essential to our success and play an important role in everything we do! We have a year-round need for volunteers and designate various tasks for individuals and corporate, church, and school groups. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age, or accompanied by a parent/guardian. Below is a list of various projects we could use your help with:
Food Sorting – categorize shipments, check expiration dates, and discard damaged or unfit products (frequently involves standing for many hours and occasionally involves heavy lifting)
Food Pickups – pick up food donations throughout York County (must be at least 18 years old, and have a private vehicle, proof of car insurance, and a driver’s license)
Clerical Needs – answer phone calls, enter data, and file (must have basic computer knowledge and good clerical and organizational skills)
Cleaning – clean out the fridge, freezer, and warehouse spaces
Special Events Assistance – help with mailings, answer phone calls, assist with communications development, and coordinate with partner agencies
The York County Food Bank provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to use their unique skillsets to benefit others. Volunteering is just as important as donating money!
Please fill out the online registration form above to register. Thank you for your support!
Organize Your Food Drive
Food drives are a meaningful way to give back to the community, as they help keep the warehouse stocked full of food. Please read the food drive manual below to learn more and get started.
Insert food drive manual
Posters and fliers are great ways to advertise your food drive. Below are posters and fliers you may print to help showcase your food drive.
Insert posters and fliers
Most Needed Items
Donations of non-perishable food items are always welcome. Below is a list of our most-needed food items:
- Meat (i.e. – tuna, chicken, salmon)
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Hamburger Helper
- Instant Mashed Potatoes
- Fruit juice
- Water (plastic bottles)
Other Food Goods:
- Peanut butter
- Baby formula and baby foods
- Seasonal/holiday foods (cranberry sauce, dry stuffing mix, cake mix, frosting, etc.)
To ensure food safety, we cannot accept:
- Open or used items
- Homemade items
- Items with no labels
- Expired items
- Rusty cans
Noncommercial canned or packaged items (packaged in something other than its original container)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Fresh seafood
Please drop off food collected from food drives at our 254 West Princess St warehouse facility in York, PA. If you need assistance in transporting the food or need us to pick up the food, give us a call. We are more than happy to help!