Do you have questions about your local food bank called Blessings of Hope? Here are a few answers…
When people are searching for local food banks near their homes, they likely have a lot of questions to ask—and Blessings of Hope is no different! Our goal is to bring hope to the hungry, empower others to be the ‘Hands and Feet’ of Jesus, and to share awareness about hunger and food insecurity in our communities. Keep reading for a few commonly asked questions we get, and our responses!
Can families or individuals who lack food come directly to Blessings of Hope ?
No, Blessings of Hope is a food distributor. We supply other food ministries, who in turn directly distribute food to the public. A local church that is partnered with us distributes food to low income families every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This is located at:
New Covenant Church of God
111 E Chestnut St.
Ephrata, PA 17522
You may be asked to fill out a simple form stating that you qualify as a low-income family and that you won’t be selling or bartering the food donated to you. Please bring ID.
How does Blessings Of Hope obtain the food that is distributed?
Blessings Of Hope has relationships with over 120 food producers, grocery establishments, and distributors regionally centered around Lancaster County (PA), and in multiple other states.
Does Blessings Of Hope buy or sell food?
No, all food is donated to us, and in turn donated to the organizations serving the community. However, we do charge a modest handling/service fee to cover some of our operational costs.
How does Blessings Of Hope raise the funds needed to operate?
About 60% of our funds come from the handling fees that our ministry partners pay us. The remaining balance is from fundraisers or donations that come from individuals and organizations.
Is Blessings Of Hope a faith-based organization?
Yes, we seek the Lord’s blessing and guidance in everything we do. Our Christian faith is an integral part of our daily activities devoted to practicing what Christ has taught us. We see food as a way to open hearts to God’s message of love, forgiveness, mercy, and eternal life.
If I’m interested in becoming a ministry partner, sponsoring an outreach, becoming a volunteer, or packing a box for a needy family, what should I do?
The fastest and easiest way is to sign up right here on our website! It’s very simple, and you can find more information on all of the pages below:
Can I call or e-mail Blessings Of Hope to do these things?
When was Blessings Of Hope established?
We were established in 2006 in a small three-car garage in Ephrata. We’ve grown a lot since then, so you can read more about our journey here.
Why was Blessings Of Hope established?
A small group of men learned that large food companies were sending food to landfills. This was quality food that was sent because of mislabeling, surplus etc. So they decided to set up the processing and handling capabilities and partner with other nonprofits and provide hunger relief throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
If you’d like to be part of spreading hope throughout your community, donations are always welcome in any amount. Never think what you have to give isn’t enough—every little bit helps. In fact, generous support from individual donors makes up the majority of our operating income throughout each year!