Hunger-Free Lancaster County, in partnership with Lancaster General Health, issued its second annual report, highlighting work that ensures sustainable access to three healthy meals a day for all Lancastrians.
As part of LG Health’s community benefit, the health system provides training for food service agencies, toolkits, nutrition education information, and technical assistance to help ensure that the coalition is providing healthy food and nutrition options for those in need.
As stated in the Hunger-Free Lancaster County annual report, this year’s notable accomplishments include:
A record 20% of the food distributed by Lancaster’s food pantries–nearly 1.3 million pounds–consisted of fruits and vegetables. Families in need throughout the county are happily substituting tasty and nutritious produce for less healthy, non-perishable food items. Community members interested in planning a healthy food drive can contact Brenda Buescher for a simple step-by-step toolkit.
Now in its second year, the Wittel Farm Growing Project in Elizabethtown is an all-volunteer farm growing healthy produce for local food banks and pantries. In 2017, the Wittel Farm has added more than 7,700 pounds of healthy vegetables and 500 pounds of venison into the charitable food network with the helping hands of more than 250 volunteers.
With the slogan #BreakfastMakesSchoolBetter and help from many, including Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf, more Lancaster schools are offering “Breakfast After the Bell.” The County has seen an increase in the number of summer meals and after school meals for Lancaster’s children, as well.
For more information, visit Hunger-Free Lancaster County.