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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — Inside of Clipper Magazine Stadium there’s been no baseball action on the field for 16 months because of COVID-19, but this week the Lancaster Barnstormers are hoping to fill their stadium.
The baseball team is hosting “Pack the Park” food, clothing, and personal drive item.
“The holidays are a season of giving and everyone is giving, giving and then January comes around and the need doesn’t stop but the giving slows down,” director of Fan Experience for the Barnstormers, Alex Bunn, said. “We want to start 2021 off strong.
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — The Lancaster County Food Hub’s clothing bank recently reopened and is once again providing free clothing to clients in the county.
Alexandra Schramm, interim executive director of the Lancaster County Food Hub, explains that they decided to close down the clothing bank in late November as COVID-19 cases increased around the holidays.
Now, once again, “We’re here. We’re open. We are neighbors helping neighbors in need,” Schramm says.
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The holiday season brings magic to the air, cozy nights, fond memories, and a special attention to the rich tapestry of support that is woven into our community.
One of the many amazing attributes of the people of Lancaster is their ability to lift each other up, assist neighbors in need, and open their hearts to causes that are bigger than themselves.
You may know them as LCCC or Lancaster County Council of Churches, but with a bold new name, a strong mission, and clear vision, Lancaster County Food Hub is ready to take the next step and further support their community!
Rooted in faith and compassion, the Food Hub provides services that honor the dignity of all by striving to meet basic human needs. During the past year, it became clear to them that their former name no longer best represented who they are to the people they serve or to the community at large. To better communicate their mission, they’ve officially changed their name to Lancaster County Food Hub—Serving with Faith and Compassion!
During this time of pandemic, we as a company have been trying to practice mindful giving back to the community.
This week, with the help of Erie Insurance, we were able to donate $250 worth of food to the Lancaster County Food Hub – an organization that serves people and families in need, as well as the working poor, by providing them with food (fresh, frozen, and shelf stable), clothing and necessities. So, to the hard working people at Lancaster County Food Hub we say a great big THANK YOU for the important work you do and the service you provide to the most marginalized members of our community!
Two online events are slated this week for the Lancaster Barnstormers.
In lieu of purchasing tickets for Opening Night, fans are invited to make donations to the Lancaster County Food Hub, which is partnering with the Barnstormers for the evening’s festivities.
“Though it will not be the same as coming to Clipper Magazine Stadium to open up our 16th season here in Lancaster I think our fans and supporters will enjoy the Virtual Opening Day that our team was able to put together for them. And while bringing a little bit of the Barnstormers experience to their homes we also get to use this experience to raise funds for a great community organization, the Lancaster County Food Hub.” said General Manager Mike Reynolds.
“As the unemployment rate goes up, the food gap goes up,” said Amy Hill, the director of community engagement and advocacy for the Food Bank, who moderated the virtual event.
Alexandra Schramm, the interim executive director of the Lancaster Food Hub and a town hall participant, agreed.
“We increased the food distribution to our clients by 30% to sustain them longer and keep them safe at home,” said Schramm.
The nonprofit also helped partner organizations pivot to a take out model of food delivery, supplying them with paper goods, prepackaged snacks and easy to prepare foods.
The Lancaster County Council of Churches has rebranded itself as Lancaster County Food Hub, the new name reflecting its longtime mission of feeding needy families.
The agency distributed over 400 tons of food to nearly 32,000 people last year alone, leaders said.
“It’s a leap of faith moving in this direction, but it’s also a recognition that we have grown into this,” the Rev. Kurt Strause, board president, said.
Hometown heroes are giving away food and helping more people by changing their name.
Just last month, Lancaster County Council of Churches rebranded itself as Lancaster County Food Hub. The facility on North Queen Street says they’ve dished out hundreds of tons of food this year, but since the name change, they’ve noticed more people seeking out their services.