Common Questions About Blessings of Hope
When people are hungry and searching for food there can be a lot of questions. Our goals are to feed the hungry, deliver hope, empower others to be the ‘Hands and Feet’ of Jesus, and share awareness about hunger and food insecurity in our communities. Keep reading for a few commonly asked questions and our responses!
Can individuals and families who lack food come directly to Blessings of Hope?
No, Blessings of Hope is a food bank or a food distribution service. We supply other ministries, who in turn directly distribute food to the public. A local church that is partnered with us distributes food to low-income families every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This is located at:
Akron Church of the Brethren
613 Main Street
Akron, PA 17501
Note: This outreach location has changed recently.
Please note: It is unlawful to sell or barter these products for any reason!
We allow our volunteers and their families to select food for a small handling/service fee after finishing their volunteer shift at Blessings of Hope.
How does Blessings of Hope obtain the food that is distributed?
Blessings of Hope has relationships with over 200 food producers, grocery establishments, and distributors regionally centered around Lancaster County (PA), and in multiple other states.
Does Blessings of Hope buy or sell food?
No, companies donate food to us. Our Partner Ministry programs have handling fees associated to help with some of our operational costs. We receive large volumes of bulk food and break it down into manageable sizes. Therefore, we need to cover costs such as storage, processing, preservation, and food box packaging (for our Hands of Hope program).
How does Blessings of Hope raise the funds needed to operate?
We receive some funds through our program handling fees. The remaining balance is from fundraisers or donations from individuals and organizations. Information regarding our main annual fundraisers can be found on our events page.
Is Blessings of Hope a faith-based organization?
Yes, we seek the Lord’s blessing and guidance in everything we do. Our Christian faith is an integral part of our daily activities devoted to practicing what Christ has taught us. We see food as a way to open people’s hearts to God’s message of love, forgiveness, mercy, and eternal life.
If I’m interested in becoming a partner ministry, sponsoring an outreach, becoming a volunteer, or packing a box for someone in need, what should I do?
Can I call or e-mail Blessings of Hope to do these things?
When was Blessings of Hope established?
We were established in 2006 in a small three-car garage in Ephrata. We’ve grown a lot since then, so you can read more about our journey here.