CrossNet provides programs for free food/supplies at the Food Pantry, Power Pack Program, and Summer Lunches. 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.

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 3:00–5:15 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.

Free Summer Lunch

This 11 week program is offered throughout the summer for families who access the Free and Reduced Lunch Program at the ELANCO School District. Youth may pick up a free bagged lunch Monday–Friday at CrossNet Ministries the first weekday of summer. Each lunch includes a drink, fruit, chips, sandwich or other main dish and a snack. For more information or to volunteer, please contact amy@elancocross.org .

DRIVERS NEEDED:

We are preparing to roll out our Free Summer Lunch program on Thursday June 11th and we are in need of drivers to get lunches to our satellite locations for pick up.

We have just a few guidelines as we are moving into yellow:

  1. Please do not come into volunteer if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  2. Please do not volunteer if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms including a cough, fever or shortness of breath.
  • Containers with the lunches will be outside on the ramp and ready when you come to pick up.
  • Please wear a mask when you are out of your car at CrossNet and at distribution sites.
  • Please maintain 6ft of distance with others at ALL times.
  •  Sign up to drive at https://signup.com/go/abatDma

SUMMER LUNCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Thank you for considering volunteering with the Free Summer Lunch Program. I value your willingness to help ensure people in our community have access to food over the summer months.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis we have to implement strict guidelines this summer that we are asking every volunteer to agree too. Thank you for your cooperation and support!!

Please see the list below. And please let me know if you have any questions.

  1. Please do not come into serve and volunteer if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  2. Please do not volunteer if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms including a cough, fever or shortness of breath.
  3. Please do not come into volunteer if you are at high risk for COVID-19 for your personal safety.

When coming into the facility to volunteer:

  1. Please note there will only be a maximum of 10 individuals in the Food & Nutrition Center at a time.
  2. Before leaving to serve, Volunteers must check your temperature and ensure you do not have a fever.
  3. Upon arrival, Volunteers must be wearing a face mask to enter the building and may not remove it at any time during their service time. (If you do have a face mask, please contact the CrossNet office prior to your volunteer time)
  4. Volunteers must wash their hands immediately upon arrival and put on gloves provided by CrossNet.
  5. Volunteers must sign off on a form that they are fever and symptom free each time they come to serve.
  6. Hands must be washed and gloves must be changed if the Volunteer goes to the bathroom, goes outside or switches a task during the packing of summer lunches.
  7. Volunteers must spray and wipe down work areas prior to starting and once they have finished.
  8. Volunteers must stay 6 feet apart (unless they live together) and 6 ft apart from CrossNet Staff persons.
  9. Volunteers must wash their hands upon leaving the facility.

Our Summer Lunch Sign up is in the link https://signup.com/go/SLBUWWY

Power Pack Project (PPP)

PPP 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 PPP 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 food to 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.

Families with children participating in the free or reduced lunch program in school are eligible. The programs runs from October- May and is ongoing. Contact our office today to register!

How to Get Involved!

  • Become a van driver
  • Volunteer by packing the bags on Thursday afternoons at CrossNet Ministries (127 West Franklin Street, New Holland PA, Use rear entrance)
  • Please contact amy@elancocross.org  for more information or to help volunteer!

Current Needs for PPP

Cereal, pancake mix, tuna, canned chicken, pork and beef, canned vegetables and juice.