Food & Nutrition Programs

CrossNet Ministries seeks to provide access to food as well as to promote education and healthy living.

CrossNet provides a variety of Food Programs including free food/supplies at the Food Pantry, Meal Pack Program, Buddy Bags, and the Free Summer Lunch Program. CrossNet also offers assistance applying for SNAP, WIC, and School Meals as well as cooking and nutrition opportunities.

Food Pantry

Individuals or families who live in the ELANCO School District and have a need for food and personal care items can access this client-choice food pantry. The client-choice food pantry model allows individuals to have the opportunity to choose their own food items when shopping for themselves and their family.

Participants must agree to the following to participate in the Food Pantry:

  • Provide names and dates of birth of all who live in the household.
  • Sign a self-declaration form on which they disclose their qualifications under the household income. The guidelines are determined by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
  • Must show proof of residency, such a driver’s license or piece of mail with their name and address.
  • Must agree to only visit one food pantry at a time in the same month.

To sign up for the Food Pantry: Please call 717-355-2454 on Monday before 4:00 PM to get on the list for that week. Flexibility is afforded if participants knows they are not going to be available on Monday. Participants may call over the weekend, leaving their name and information.

The Food Pantry is open on Wednesdays from 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM at CrossNet Ministries Food & Nutrition Center in New Holland: 127 W. Franklin Street, New Holland, PA. Use rear entrance.

Participants are eligible to visit the pantry one time a month.

Holiday meals are offered to participating individuals or families three times a year.

To partner with CrossNet Ministries and host a food drive please contact: 717-355-2454.


CrossNet Meal Packs

The meal pack is designed to improve the mental and physical health of children in the program by building resources for parents with nutritious meals over the weekends when the school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable. The Meal Pack Program recognizes the vital role that nutrition plays in the ability of children to learn in school.

Every Wednesday afternoon, participating families receive the ingredients to make a meal. In this program, participants receive basic food such as cereal, peanut butter, soup, etc to help feed their family over the weekend. We can also provide education on how to prepare low-cost healthy meals, nutrition, and food safety as well as shopping strategies to assure that children are well-fed and ready to learn.

Anyone in the community is eligible. The programs runs all year long. Contact our office today to register!

Current Needs for Meal Pack Program

Cereal, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Family-Sized Snack Items.

Buddy Bags

Buddy Bags are designed to help students have a good meal options for over the weekend. Each Buddy Bag holds two breakfast items, two entree items, four snacks, and two fruits. The bags go home with students from the school on the last day of the school week.

Current Needs for Buddy Bags

Chef Boyardee Microwavable Bowl, Mac and Cheese Cups, Individual size Snacks, Granola Bars, and Cereal Cups.