Blessings of Hope is a food distribution warehouse setup to allow large food distributors to efficiently donate their excess product to impact the community.
Blessings of Hope is here to empower ministries, organizations, and individuals to reach the less fortunate within the community through food and acts of loving kindness.
Blessings of Hope at a Glance
- We receive food from approximately 80 sources
- We have 150 ministry partners who receive food from us weekly or on a periodic basis
- We serve approximately 14,000 meals per day
- 65% of our operating revenue comes from individual donations
- 35% of our operating revenue comes from our ministry partners
- We’re currently blessed with over 1800 registered volunteers
- In 2018, our two major fundraisers netted $105,000
- The vast majority of our food is distributed throughout South Central Pennsylvania
Blessings of Hope offers a variety of programs to empower ministries, organizations, and individuals to distribute food to families throughout the community including:
Started in 2006 by Aaron Fisher, Blessings of Hope began in a garage where large corporations donated semi-loads of product, which was then distributed to smaller food pantries. Since the beginning, Blessings of Hope has partnered with the Bowery Mission in New York City, the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, and the Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster.
In 2010, Blessings of Hope was legally established under our parent organization, Light of Hope Ministries, but acts independently.
In 2017, 6.5 million pounds of food moved through our facility. Most of the food we receive comes in bulk amounts. We have the infrastructure to handle large volumes of perishable food. We add value by breaking it down into manageable portions for the variety of organizations who receive food from us.
To accommodate growth, Blessings of Hope has moved our location several times. We currently operate out of a leased 16,000 square foot warehouse in Leola, PA. We are praying that our next move will be into a building we own.
Where We’re Headed
As we continue to expand the number of partners and outreach opportunities, our goal is to become a “Bridge of Opportunity,” helping to move people from poverty to a lifestyle that creates contributing, self-sustaining individuals.