Check back regularly for updates. – We are working on a COVID-19 response plan and how we can effectively serve the community.
Updated 03/27/2020 – We now have prepacked family boxes available for a donation of $7.00 for a box with approximately 35 to 40 lbs. of food. If you know of anyone who needs food, this is a way that you can efficiently do food outreach to a few families in their time of need. You can either order online or stop by Blessings of Hope, 500 Becker Rd., Leola, PA 17540, and ask for “Community Blessings Food Boxes” at the front desk. Because we are handling and packaging food, please be aware of the fact that we have mandatory health screening going on for everyone who wants to enter our facility.
You can also order through our website at www.blessingsofhope.com and click on Order Online and we will bring the boxes out to your car so you can avoid the health screening tent.
Updated 03/26/2020 -Volunteer Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday – Arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 AM for the morning shift, 12:30 and 1:00 PM for the afternoon shift, and 6:00 and 6:30 for the evening shift.
Saturday – Arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 AM for the morning shift – No volunteers on Saturday afternoons
Please schedule your volunteer times during the COVID-19 relief efforts by filling out the volunteer form on the volunteer page.
Updated 03/22/2020 – NOTICE: Everyone entering our building is subject to health screening at our health tent. At this point, we are asking that all volunteers arrive an hour before the scheduled start time so we have time to health screen, everyone. Do not plan on showing up 5 minutes before start time and walking right in.
Until further notice, to limit the number of people in our building, we are asking that the minimum volunteer age be 10 years old.
Please check back frequently to our COVID-19 Response page for more updates on how we are shifting our operational opportunities and strategies. Expect major changes in the next few days.
We appreciate your understanding as we do what we need to do to stay operational in a safe manner.
What is Blessings of Hope doing to keep our volunteers safe during the COVID-19 Crisis?
- We have a health screening tent set up outside our building that is staffed by EMTs and other trained personnel to screen everyone coming into our building.
- Hand washing for everyone before starting to work.
- Everyone who volunteers wears gloves while handling food.
- Practice social distancing, try and keep 3-6 feet between yourself and others whenever possible.
- We are working with Dr. Weinstein from WellSpan Health on how to conduct proper health safety practices.
At Blessings of Hope, we depend on the generosity and hard work of our volunteers to maximize the value of the food we provide to the community.
Updated 03/21/2020 – We are aggressively working on a COVID-19 emergency response plan and how we can most effectively serve the community. – Check back regularly to our COVID-19 Response page on our website for ongoing updates.
Thousands of people want to help and we need your help, but, before we just do something, we need to finalize our plan and leadership team.
I expect to have details coming out over the next few days.
If you want to help in a leadership position, please fill out the volunteer form on our website, list your experience and a minimum of 2 references in the comments section. Be as specific as you can.
We are looking for leadership in many different areas of our operation as we look to increase our food donation capacity by up to 10 times.
Thank you for your prayers and ongoing financial support during this time of great need. Let’s rise up as the Body of Christ and serve the needs of our communities!
God bless you, David Lapp – CEO – Blessings of Hope
Updated 03/20/2020 – I just want to get you involved in what we are thinking. We believe we have the capacity to comfortably pack 100,000 food boxes within the next 30 days.
We have an opportunity like I never saw before to serve the people in need in our community in a time of crisis. I am in communication with Congressman Lloyd Smucker and Senator Ryan Aument on how to do outreaches without gathering large crowds of people. What we came up with is a Drive-Thru outreach model. All boxes will be prepacked, everyone needs a ticket, and we have people putting the boxes into people’s cars as they pull up.
By pre-packing all food boxes, we can (at least to a certain point) control the exposure in-house while GREATLY reducing the exposure at the actual food outreach events. I spoke with the emergency manager of Lancaster County this morning and he really liked our plan. He said we may want to consider finding a few doctors that we can add to our team.
What I am seeing is if we act responsibly we will be able to have a huge impact on the community in a very positive way.
Are we buying into the hype of this whole thing? NO. We are not buying into the fear and hype, however, if we don’t take it seriously and act responsibly, we will very likely be shut down because we do have crowds of people coming together. I believe we need to respect the crisis for what it is, or we will be shut down.
I believe we can comfortably distribute 100,000 boxes of food in 30 days with the potential of 500,000 if everything is in place to pull it off.
I believe we have an opportunity here, How are we going to respond?
Please stay tuned for more information. I will push out more information as we develop it. Make sure you sign up to receive our emails to stay up with the process as things develop.
We believe if everyone pulls together, we can do a lot more for God’s Kingdom!
Please note: Blessings of Hope is taking extreme safety measures to keep our volunteers and the individuals receiving the food safe. Please do not attempt to volunteer if you are anyone in your house is sick.
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, before you enter our building, you will be checked out by EMTs or trained individuals in our ‘Health Screening Tent’ and asked to follow specific safety measures as determined by the team leading this effort.
God bless you,
David Lapp – CEO – Blessings of Hope
ps. The demand for our services increases in situations like this. Please remember to donate to Blessings of Hope so we have the resources available to meet the increased demands of serving our community.
Thanks to a generous donor, during the month of March, all donations are matched by a 100% matching fund. Up to $60,000!