A food bank is a non-profit organization that collects, sorts, stores and distributes food to people in need, usually through the collaboration of distribution partners. Few, if any, direct-client services are offered at a food bank.
A distribution partner is a food pantry, food closet, or other agency that directly hands out food to people in need. Partners are very different from food banks, as food banks primarily just sort and store food to then distribute to the partners.
The York County Food Bank has approximately 125 distribution partners. Refer to the “Distribution Partners” tab under “Partner Agencies” to see an interactive distribution partner map and find the nearest distribution center to you.
The York County Food Bank receives some funding from the state government, but the majority of support stems from the generosity of individuals and local businesses in York County. Distribution partners assist with operating expenses through an established shared maintenance fee program.
The York County Food Bank is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. The distribution floor for people with vouchers is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 2:30 pm.
The York County Food Bank follows the York City School District’s closures or modified schedules for inclement weather. Call the Food Bank at (717) 846-6435 to find out if there is a delay, closure or modified schedule.
The York County Food Bank participates in the Food for Families, Food for Seniors, Share and Give A Meal Programs. Go to the “Programs” tab to learn more.
There are only a few ways in which food can be collected directly from the Food Bank. Individuals and families can directly receive food from the Food for Families program on Fridays. Others may utilize the Food for Seniors, Share, or Give A Meal programs, while some may also redeem vouchers from certain distribution partners at the Food Bank’s warehouse. In general, you should contact a distribution partner to collect food. Click “Receive Help” at the top of the page to locate and contact the closest partner agency to you. Some distribution partners require appointments to collect food.
Call the Clearinghouse at (717) 846-8899 to set up an appointment to collect food from a distribution partner. The Clearinghouse is open from 9 am – 12 pm Monday through Friday.
Donations, Volunteering and Community Service:
You can help the York County Food Bank eliminate hunger in York County by coordinating a food drive, making a monetary donation or volunteering.
Please refer to“Food Drives” under the “Give Help” tab for more information.
Click “Donate” at the top of the page or under the “Give Help” tab to donate money. Thank you!
Click “Volunteer” under the “Give Help” tab at the top of the page to register for volunteering. Thank you!
Volunteers have a variety of roles, including sorting food, making deliveries, cleaning and doing clerical work. Click “Volunteer” under the “Give Help” tab at the top of the page to learn more!
Monetary donations are used to fund operating costs, Food for Families and the purchase of additional food products. Donations will also pay for the food transportation, handling and storage fee.
People serving for court-mandated community service hours must work either an 8 am – 12 pm shift or a 12 pm – 3 pm shift, Monday through Friday. This is non-negotiable. If you do not arrive on time you will not be able to serve during that shift.