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The Lancaster Community Meal Program started in 2002. Since its inception, this loose network of churches and organizations has provided free daily meals to community members in Lancaster City and County who are confronting food insecurity. The program relies upon hundreds of volunteers who plan, prepare, and serve the meals. It serves well over 150,000 meals to our friends and neighbors every year.

Meal Providers

Listed in alphabetical order, last updated on 10/19/20

Anchor Lancaster

Monday-Friday Breakfast 8:30-9:45am

First UMC 29 E. Walnut St. Lancaster, PA 17603

Anchor Lancaster, formerly Anchorage Breakfast Program, is located inside First United Methodist Church on the corner of Walnut and Duke. Look for the sign for Anchor at the doors on Walnut St. for breakfast. Showers are also available before and after breakfast; appointments are required and can be made in person the day before. Guests go through a simple security check when entering the building.

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Anchorage Breakfast Program

Arch St. Center

Monday-Friday Lunch 11:45am-1:00pm

629 N. Market St., Lancaster, PA 17603

Arch St. is a day program for those living with serious mental illness. During the pandemic, they started serving to-go lunches to anyone who needed it. Pick up a hot meal in their parking lot off of Market St. every weekday.

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Arch St. Center

City Gate

Sunday Lunch 11:00am-12:30pm

218 N. Duke St, Lancaster PA 17603

City Gate offers a bagged lunch as well as sometimes offering toiletries and other items. They offer a Bible study for anyone who is interested. Come to their storefront on Duke every Sunday.

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City Gate

Crispus Attucks Center 

Tuesday and Thursday Lunch 11:00am-12:00pm

407 Howard Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

The Crispus Attucks Center is run by CAP and hands out a hot to-go lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays to anyone. Come to the front door on Duke St for to-go meals.

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Crispus Attucks Center

East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church

Monday Supper 5:00-6:00pm

432 E. Chestnut St. Lancaster, PA 17603

Look for the menu sign on the sidewalk and enter at the front door of the church on E. Chestnut St. Hot to-go meals are handed out in the church foyer.

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East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church

First Reformed United Church of Christ

Tuesday Supper 5:00-6:00pm (starting Oct. 6)

Saturday Breakfast 9:00-10:00am

40 E. Orange St. Lancaster, PA 17603

First Reformed serves Saturday breakfast currently, and will be resuming serving the Tuesday supper on Oct. 6. Meals are served on the sidewalk in front of the church on Orange St.

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First Reformed UCC

Grace Lutheran Church

Sunday Supper 5:00-6:00pm,

Wednesday Supper 5:30-6:00pm

517 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Grace has switched to to-go meals, handed out in their parking lot behind the church building, accessible from Queen St. and from Christian St. Just look for the table and volunteers to pick up your meal. The Parish Resource Center meal on Sunday evenings is also served at Grace Lutheran.

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Grace Lutheran Church

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Sunday Breakfast 7:45-8:45am

31 S. Duke St. Lancaster, PA 17603

To-go bags are handed out from the parking lot behind the church, accessible from Mifflin St. Limited indoor seating is available.

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Lancaster Moravian Church

227 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Lancaster Moravian became a fill-in meal during the pandemic. Their meals moved back to First Reformed this Fall.

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Lancaster Moravian Church

Parish Resource Center (PRC)

Sunday supper, 5:00-6:00pm

served at Grace Lutheran Church

PRC has worked with churches for years, supporting and resourcing their missions and visions. During the pandemic, they stepped into a more direct service role by helping fill the gaps in the Community Meal Program, including serving Sunday supper themselves. Come to the parking lot behind Grace Lutheran Church (see the Grace Lutheran Church listing for a map) and look for the table and volunteers to get a cold to-go meal.

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Redeemer Lutheran Church

Thursday supper, 5:15-6:15pm

500 Pearl St. Lancaster, PA 17603

Redeemer Lutheran cooks up a hot meal every week, which is currently served to-go. Come to their carport off of 5th St. to pick up your meal.

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Redeemer Lutheran Church

Spanish American Civic Association (SACA)

Monday-Friday lunch 12:00-1:00pm

Monday-Friday supper 4:00-5:00pm

Saturday lunch & supper 12:00-1:00pm (only distributed at noon but includes enough food for lunch and supper)

545 Pershing Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602

SACA hands out hot meals for lunch and for supper on weekdays. On Saturday, they only hand out meals at lunch but give each person one hot meal to eat immediately and one cold meal for supper. Enter through the front gate on Pershing or from the back parking lot from Plum St. Come to the lower entrance door on the side of the building. 

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Spanish American Civic Association

St. Anne’s Catholic Church

Monday-Friday lunch 11:30am-1:00pm

929 N. Duke St. Lancaster PA 17603

Cold bag lunches are handed out every weekday. Enter their parking lot from Duke St. and take the path on your left (behind the house but before the large school building) to their Parish House door. Meals are to-go bags; there is no seating. Hot sandwiches are served on Wednesdays. St. Anne’s does not serve on Holy Days.

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St. Anne's Catholic Church

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Friday supper, 5:00-6:00pm

119 S. Prince St. Lancaster PA 17603

Enter the driveway from Vine St. at the front of the church. Follow the driveway back between the church and school buildings to the courtyard. Meals are served in the courtyard.

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St. Mary's Catholic Church