It does not matter to us if you are a senior citizen who has run out of money or whose income is too low to provide adequate amounts of food or you are someone struggling to make ends meet in a difficult economy and who may need help each month to survive.
You are more than welcome even if you are someone who is going through a rough time with excessive medical bills or a temporary job loss or if you are handicapped and need help on a regular basis.
There is a basic non-intrusive screening process which consists of a few questions about your place of residence, your family size and the family income. We will make every attempt to provide sufficient food for your family. You are able to obtain food from the bank once a month. While we cannot provide enough food for an entire month, we do supply enough food for 24 to 25 meals for each person in the household to be made. When you come to the food bank, we confirm the family size and provide bagged food staples. We will also try to balance nutrition with available food.
Sometimes we have "goodies" such as cakes, pudding, snacks, etc. that we can add to the food order for a special treat. We are one of the few food banks in Lancaster County that regularly provides meat as part of the order.
The Columbia Food Bank does more than simply provide food for those in need. Volunteers strive to make the food bank’s environment pleasant for clients. “What we want to try to instill in the people who come here is hope”. To help instill hope, the food bank makes "help sheets" available to clients. These sheets provide assistance for people who are trying to find a job, learn English, and apply for Social Security and food stamps.