ACC Peace Project: addressing food insecurity

In 2022 and early 2023 ACC’s Peace & Justice Committee encourages groups from all congregations to actively participate in providing food assistance in their communities. For many years the committee has organized a grocery box collection in partnership with MCC. This year we urge congregations to instead take action close to home by giving time, food, or funds to a local project of your choosing.

Below are a list of organizations doing this work. Choose one of these or find your own to partner with in some way between November 2022 and February 2023. Then, share your stories and photos with us! Any submissions may be included in an upcoming issue of ACC’s Currents Magazine. Send these to office@atlanticcoastconference.net.

Local organizations:

Twin Valley Food Bank at Conestoga Mennonite Church
A member of the Greater Berks Food Bank family of pantries, kitchens and shelters, they need volunteers and donations regularly. Details at https://twinvalleyfoodpantry.com/

Lancaster County Food Hub
Food Hub helps neighbors thrive through sharing the resources they need most: food, clothing and shelter, all with faith and compassion! You can donate food or volunteer. More info at https://lancasterfoodhub.org/

Lancaster Community Meal Program
This program is a loose network of churches and organizations that provides three free meals every day. They need groups to make and serve meals and host guests at one of the regular, set locations. One of these partners is ACC’s East Chestnut Street MC. Details at https://ourcommunitymeals.org/.

The Factory Ministries
The Factory Ministries walks alongside those facing poverty in Eastern Lancaster County with services and programs. Needed are volunteers and food drive donations. Details at https://thefactoryministries.com/get-involved/.

ECHOS
Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services provides assistance with homelessness. They seek donations of food and cooks for shelter nights. Details at https://echoslancaster.org/get-involved/.

MCC Grocery Boxs
Fill a box with a list of standard ingredients to be shared in Reading, PA, New York City, or another urban setting. Details at https://mcc.org/stories/mcc-east-coast-grocery-bags-food-boxes.