Steve Lapp, Chief Operations Officer
Steve grew up on the family dairy farm as the oldest of 10 children. His work ethic was learned at a very young age and by the time he was a teenager he had already worked at a welding shop and a fencing company in various managerial positions. At 25, with his wife and 3 young children, he moved to a dairy farm in Wayne County, IN. At 27 he was in a farming accident that ended his ability to farm. During his recovery, he read extensively about the human body which led to the study of emotional and spiritual healing through the Word of God. As COO of Blessings of Hope, Steve creates systems to help make all aspects of the company function and flow freely. He helps create and support the teams that make Blessings of Hope run efficiently. Steve and his wife Elsie currently reside in Lancaster, PA. They have 12 children and 7 grandchildren.
Aaron Fisher, Executive Director
Aaron knew from a young age what it was like to be food insecure and the difference a box of food could mean to the entire family. He determined at a young age that he would devote his life to helping others.
After working on several dairy farms, Aaron spent five years cutting and assembling at a woodworking shop where he was promoted to assistant manager in charge of the warehouse. In 2001 he co-founded DECKS-R-US, a full-service deck fabrication, and installation company, with the vision of franchising the company.
After 5 years of growing the company while feeding the hungry out of his garage, he founded Blessings of Hope. His goal was to provide a place where large distribution centers could donate their surplus food to those in need. Blessings of Hope has grown into a dynamic and highly successful food hub with over 120 suppliers, over 1,100 partner ministries, 50 employees, 12 box trucks, 5 semi-tractors, and is on target to move 30 million pounds of food in 2021.
Aaron and his wife Barbie reside in Lancaster, PA. They have 5 wonderful children.
David Lapp, Chief Executive Officer
David grew up in a large Amish family in New Holland, PA, but at 13 years of age his family moved to a dairy farm in Indiana. In 2006 he moved his own growing family back to Lancaster, PA. David is one of the founders of Blessings of Hope, and has been on the board from the beginning (six years as treasurer).
Through God’s grace, Blessings of Hope had grown to the place where it was clear we needed additional personnel and resources. In 2018 David stepped into the position of CEO, allowing Aaron to focus on other critical management responsibilities such as marketing, development, and fundraising. David’s IT knowledge, operational management, logistics expertise, financial and administrative skills are a tremendous asset to Blessings of Hope.
David and his wife Fannie currently reside in Ephrata, PA. They have 10 beautiful children.
Jake Lapp, Chief Financial Advisor
Born in New Holland, PA, Jake helped with the family dairy farm as a young boy. As a teenager he started working as a fence installer and later a shop foreman in a local business. When his brother Steve suffered from a farming accident, he moved his young family to Indiana to take over their farm. As his brother Steve learned more and more about emotional and spiritual healing, Jake became aware that multitudes of people need emotional, financial and practical help.
Jake is one of the founders of Blessings of Hope and serves as treasurer of the Board. He has dedicated his life in training people to maximize their potential. Jake serves as a life coach and mentor to the teams at Blessings of Hope, giving prophetic insights and valuable guidance on every level, from the volunteers to the executive board.
Jake and his wife Nancy currently reside in Lancaster County PA. They have 7 children and 2 granddaughters.
About Blessings of Hope
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The mission at Blessings of Hope is to feed the hungry by facilitating partnerships between food suppliers and nonprofits in a way that brings God’s blessings to both. We are committed to empowering churches and ministries to build relationships in their communities through food and acts of love.
Blessings of Hope at a Glance
- We receive food from 200+ sources
- We have over 700 partner ministries who receive food from us
- We serve approximately 64,000 meals per day (1.2 lbs. of food = 1 meal)
- 47% of our operating revenue comes from our partner ministries
- We’re currently blessed with over 20,000 registered volunteers.
We would like to provide more disaster relief, and increase our food preservation efforts. If 50% of the food America produces could be redirected into the hands of the hungry, instead of being sent to landfills it could end world hunger. We are passionate about utilizing available resources for those in need. Join us in our mission and bring hope to the hungry!
Our History – “It started with packing 7 banana boxes full of food per week.”
The organization that Blessings of Hope is today started in 2006 when Aaron Fisher was introduced to the extreme volume of food donation availability by large corporations who have semi-truckloads of food available to donate if they can find a food bank that can take the volume.
In October 2010, after 4 years of strategizing ‘how to’ and occasionally distributing small volumes of food items, it was decided that Blessings of Hope would be formed as a DBA of Light of Hope Ministries, moved into a 1,500 sq. ft. warehouse, and committed to regularly packing 7 banana boxes full of food per week for a local pastor!
In 2011, we filled our 1st semi truckload of food and shipped it to the White Earth Native American Reservation in Minnesota! This was a big deal and took about a month of planning!
From 2010 to 2019, we moved multiple times in leased warehouses. From 2016 to 2019 we were operating in a 16,300 sq. ft. warehouse, in Aug. 2019 we purchased our first warehouse. 44,000 sq. ft. on Becker Rd. in Leola, PA.
In Sept. 2020, we started our first satellite location in Campbellsville, KY.
March 2021, we purchased a 46-acre property on the east side of Ephrata, PA where we are currently planning a 160,000 sq. ft. food processing/distribution center.
As we continue to expand the number of partner ministries, volunteers, and outreach opportunities, our goal is to become a “Bridge of Opportunity,” helping to move people from poverty to a lifestyle that creates contributing, self-sustaining, hope-filled individuals.