Lancaster County may be on its way to becoming the first American county to ensure sustainable access to three healthy meals a day for all of its residents.

For the past several years, Hunger-Free Lancaster County, a group of more than 40 business, faith-based, school, non-profit and public-sector organizations, has been working on what its chair, former state senator and current Blackford Ventures, LLC CEO Mike Brubaker, calls a “100% solvable problem” – how to build a food security network that can expand and contract as needed to provide enough healthy food for everyone.

Lancaster General Health is a founding partner of Hunger-Free Lancaster County and its director of community health, Alice Yoder, sits on the group’s board of directors.

Issuing its first annual report card last fall, the group reported some notable accomplishments:

HFLC has three committees:

  • Schools focuses on school-based and summer meal programs;

  • Safety Net works to facilitate easier access to various food-related benefits, including SNAP (food stamps), WIC (for pregnant women and children under six) and various farmers markets and fresh produce voucher programs; and

  • Service oversees outreach to the agriculture community, encourages coordination with community meals and food safety and helps build awareness of the move for food security.

For more information on this remarkable group and learn how you can help, visit its website at, its Facebook page and follow it on Twitter @HungerFreeLanCo.

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