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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 5/10/21

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

Catholic Worker House

Saturday Lunch 12:30-1:30pm

41 W Vine St., Lancaster, PA 17603

They serve a bagged to-go lunch. Enter along the side alley which leads to kitchen door.

Catholic Worker House

City Gate

No Sunday Lunch

218 N. Duke St, Lancaster PA 17603

City Gate has had to close their Duke St. location. While they are looking for a new location, they are not serving any meals. In the meantime, Holy Trinity Lutheran is giving a bagged lunch at Sunday breakfast. 

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

Ebenezer Baptist Church

Wednesday Supper 5:00-6:15pm

701 N. Lime St. Lancaster, PA 17602

Hot meals are available to-to every Wednesday, starting at 5pm until food runs out.

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Ebenezer Baptist Church

First Reformed United Church of Christ

Tuesday Supper 5:00-6:00pm

Saturday Breakfast 9:00-10:00am

40 E Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Stop by First Reformed for a to-go meal. Enter through the courtyard off of Christian St. On Saturday, food is included for breakfast and lunch. 

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First Reformed UCC

Grace Lutheran Church

Wednesday Supper 5:30-6:00pm

517 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Saturday supper, 5:00-6:00pm

served by Parish Resource Center

Sunday supper, 5:00-6:00pm

served by Parish Resource Center

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 serves Saturday and Sunday supper at Grace Lutheran Church.

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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. A bagged lunch is also provided since City Gate is not currently serving Sunday lunch.

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Parish Resource Center (PRC)

Saturday supper, 5:00-6:00pm

served at Grace Lutheran Church

Sunday supper, 5:00-6:00pm

served at Grace Lutheran Church

PRC has worked with faith communities 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. They also built and maintain this schedule website. 

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Redeemer Lutheran Church

Thursday supper, 5:15-6:15pm

500 Pearl St. Lancaster, PA 17603

Redeemer Lutheran has switched back to in-person sit-down meals. Enter from their carport off of 5th St.

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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 from the porch facing Duke St. 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