Food for Families is a program that seeks to lower the food insecurity rate, especially for those with young children, and decrease the amount of food waste in York. It is a direct-client service at the York County Food Bank. Food for Families involves the distribution of 50 pounds of food free-of-charge to both individuals and families who come to the Food Bank on Fridays from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. If you are struggling to collect enough food to support yourself or your family each week, we highly encourage you to come out to Food for Families!
How to Collect Food
To collect food from Food for Families, go to the front desk of the Food Bank on Friday and ask the receptionist for a number to hold your place in line. You will also be asked to fill out and return a survey about your basic demographic information if you are a first-time participant. Line up on Newberry Street along the warehouse. Doors open at 12:30 pm, and food is distributed until 2:00 pm. Your number and ID must be presented upon entering the sorting room where you collect the food. Everyone is usually processed through in 1 hour, and there is plenty of food for everyone—roughly 50 pounds per individual or family.
Anyone can come to this program, individuals and families alike!
This program is held every Friday. If Food for Families is cancelled one week, we will give you prior notice through our website and a posting on the front doors.
The program officially starts at 12:30 pm. Some people line up earlier in the day, but everyone collects the same amount of food and we have enough food for everyone. We recommend arriving at 1:15 pm or 1:30 pm to beat the crowd, but you may start lining up as early as you like. We hand out numbers around 12:00 pm.
Please bring your ID. If you forget it we reserve the right to not give you food. This will be on a case-by-case basis.
We like to keep track of who comes to this program so we know how to best serve you!
We distribute a variety of food goods, including vegetables, beverages, chips, meats, breads, sweets, etc. We strive to provide people with balanced meals.
The exact food will vary each week, but we guarantee to provide vegetables, beverages, chips, meats and breads each week.
In 2016, an average of 110 people have been served each week from this program. We currently have the capacity to serve up to 150 people each week. Invite your friends to come out to this program!
This program has been wildly successful! We recently surveyed Food for Families participants and learned people feel more food secure because of this program. We are proud to say this program has had a substantial, positive impact on the community, and has helped people get back on their feet!