Local Services & Resources




Ephrata Area School District Home and School Visitors/School Social Workers

Provide resources, connections, and support for students and families. Help with medical/dental needs, medical assistance/CHIP applications, homeless student services, holiday programs, mental health issues, community resource referrals, attendance concerns, grandparent support, and more.

Ephrata Area Social Services

227 North State Street, Ephrata 717.733.0345

Serves residents in the Ephrata Area and Cocalico school districts. Registration required which includes an application and identification and proof of residency. Appointment required for all services. Hours of operation are 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday.

  • Food Bank – 4-5 day supply of food including milk, bread, eggs, margarine, Available every 30 days by appointment. No fee.

  • Transportation – Door to door service for senior citizens and other to medical and personal appointments (not work). Free will donation accepted.

  • Emergency Financial Assistance Program – Funding available to help with home heating fuel, electric payments, prescriptions and overnight lodging. Level of help depends on family size and urgency.

CAP Community Action Program

Community Commons: 260 S. Reading Road (next to the Ephrata Library), 717.733-6562, Navigation Services- Social Services, Utilities (PPL, UGI), ELRC (Childcare), Head Start

WIC Program

Tues and Thurs by appointment at the Community Commons: 260 S. Reading Road (next to the Ephrata Library). Contact Kim Sullenberger by phone 717.509.3686 or email ksullenberger@caplanc.org

Northern Lancaster HUB

United Way collaboration to serve the community, offers VITA free tax preparation program, and various support groups.  717.738.9291 ext. 102, northerlanchub@gmail.com

United Way 2-1-1 Lancaster County resources

COMPASS State resources



Free and Reduced Lunch Program

Mountaineers’ Table

Ephrata Area Social Services

227 North State St, Ephrata, 717-738-0345, Client-choice Grocery Pantry (By appointment only), Grocery Browsing Section (No appointment required)

City Gate

100 E. Main Street, Ephrata, Free lunches every Saturday 11:30 AM – 1 PM while supplies last. Lunches are available to take home.


320 Church Ave., Ephrata, Food bank is open Wednesday each week from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Peters Porch

Saturdays 8:00 – 10:00 AM. No appointment needed.

  • First Saturday of the Month – Faith United Lutheran Church, 357 Walnut Street, Denver, 717.336.2141

  • Second Saturday of the Month – Lititz Mennonite Church, 165 E. Front Street, Lititz, 717.626.8327

  • Third Saturday of the Month – Zion Lutheran Church, 435 Main Street, Akron, 717-859-2100 (Clothing Bank)

  • Fourth Saturday of the Month – Landis Valley Christian Fellowship, 2420 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, 717.569.6051

Blessings of Hope

Offers free food boxes of food every Wednesday from 11 AM – 2 PM at Akron Church of the Brethren (613 Main Street, Akron, 717.859.2156)

Community Aid

Lancaster’s largest thrift store.

ReUzit on State Street – 1054 S. State Street, Ephrata Pa 17522

Fashion Cents Consignment &Thrift Stores – 240 N Reading Rd, Ephrata PA 17522

Welcome Home Thrift & More- 2800 N. Reading Rd Suite 430, Adamstown PA 19501



The District provides assistance for homeless students in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act. 

Bridge of Hope

Works with homeless or at risk of being homeless single mothers with children. Contact 717.207.8932 or inquire via the website.

Community Basics

Affordable housing communities throughout Lancaster County. Location availability, application and eligibility requirements can be found online.

Good Samaritan

Offers transitional housing and emergency shelter programs. Contact 1.888.477.0025.

Homes of Hope

A family experiencing homelessness, can be brought into a home setting for  six to nine-months for nurture, coaching, and intentional training.  Call Tyriq Clark at 717.735.7540 ext. 105.


Formerly Tabor and LHOP. Provides budgeting and credit counseling, first time homebuyer program, landlord tenant dispute help, and eviction prevention. Contact 717.397.5182.

United Way CHART

Connects those experiencing homelessness with community resources or emergency shelter.  Access by calling 211 or 1.855.567.5342 for pre- screening and referral M-F 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.


Ephrata Area School District Nursing Staff


Free Immunization Locations


Child Protect

COBYS Family Services

Tabor Community Services


Comcast Internet Essentials


Affordable Connectivity Program