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SCCAP food pantry needs your help

South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) Gettysburg Pantry is a food bank located at 153 N. Stratton Street (rear of building) in Gettysburg. The pantry serves over 625 families from Gettysburg, McSherrystown, Biglerville, and Arendtsville every month.

The pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed from noon to1:00 p.m.).

SCCAP also funds six other food pantries, mostly run by churches located around the county. The additional locations provide easier access to residents in all corners of Adams County.

The pantry has one full-time employee, 1 part-time employee, and dozens of volunteers.

The pandemic has reduced number of people volunteering to about half, and also changed who comes to it. “We have seen an increase of families that are out of work but waiting for unemployment payments and/or food stamps.” said Lisa Beaver, Food pantry Coordinator. “Sometimes, this is their only access to food.”

Each family can receive the food once a month. Small families get 4 bags of food, medium sized families get 6 bags of food, and the larger families get 8 bags of food. Each bag contains a variety of vegetables, fruits, peanut butter, jelly, beans, canned meat, noodles, easy to make meals, snacks, etc. Each family is also given bread, sweet treats if available and 5 to 10 pounds of frozen meat. Lately, the pantry has been able to give eggs and dairy products as well.

While the food pantry buys food from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and receives free USDA food from the Department of Agriculture and local stores and restaurants, without donations from organizations and individuals, the food pantry could not service the community the way it does.

Helping those around us is needed more now than ever. Please consider donating, items or time or money.

“Think, what if this happened to me? What if I didn’t have enough food to feed my children?” ~Lisa Beaver, 17 years of service at SCCAP food Pantry.

What can you do to help? Donate:

  • Dry products such as pasta, hamburger helper type meals
  • Peanut butter and jelly are always needed
  • Go through your cupboards, donate anything that you do not use.
  • Buy extra personal care / feminine care products and donate. (always a high demand)
  • Donate garden surplus to the Gleaning Project.

What other services does the food pantry offer?

  • Senior box: Box of food different from above for people over 60 and income eligible.
  • Section for healthy choices: Low sodium low sugar items.
  • Project helping hands for Adams Electric: Can pay up to $250.
  • Visit the Gleaning Project daily for veggies and bread and sometimes dairy/eggs.

Need assistance in Adams County? Want to help these programs?

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Jenine Weaver is a staff writer for the Connection. She grew up and currently resides in Adams County PA. She is the founder of Weaver Accounting Solutions LLC and a mom of 4 children. She enjoys being involved with the community, the school, town meetings, local fundraisers, and she is an advocate of social justice with Voices Unite in GAC.

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