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Each month LG Health highlights one of our valued partners. Together, we strengthen the health of our community in ways impossible to do alone.

The Lancaster County Council of Churches is a collaboration among 131 member congregations and community and business partners throughout Lancaster County. Located at 812 North Queen Street in Lancaster, LCCC focuses on outreach services such as Wheels to Work and PA WorkWear, all promoting self-sufficiency to transform lives.

Two years ago, the LCCC opened the “Food Hub,” a state-of-the-art food bank that allows the county’s smaller food pantries to more easily procure fresh food, including produce, fruit, meat, and dairy products. LG Health provided funding for the new walk-in cooling unit, eager to support easier access to fresh foods those in need. Gail Rittenhouse, the LCCC Executive Director, says that so far this year the pantry has provided more than 77,803 pounds of fresh produce, in large part because of the larger refrigerated space. In the past, the Food Hub only provided an average of 30,229 pounds per year of free produce.

A founding member of Hunger-Free Lancaster County, LCCC through its Food Hub has been actively engaged in county-wide efforts to encourage more fresh offerings at area food pantries as well as healthier community meals. LCCC staff has participated in training sessions led by LG Health dietitians and health educators to learn strategies for promoting healthier items in the Food Hub. This spring, the LCCC worked to ensure continuity in the weekend community meal in Lancaster City by supporting the Spanish American Civic Association and the Salvation Army, Lancaster Corps, which now provide the Saturday and Sunday community meal, respectively.

The weekend community meals run from 5 to 7 p.m. and are free of charge. On Saturdays, the meal is provided at SACA, 453 South Lime Street; Sunday’s meals are served at the Salvation Army at 131 South Queen Street.

For more information about the Lancaster County Council of Churches, please contact LCCC Executive Director Gail Rittenhouse at 717-291-2261.

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