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The listing of Free Christmas and New Year’s Meals 2019 has been compiled by Pennsylvania 211 East, a program of United Way of Lancaster County. While every effort has been made to validate the information below, please note that changes may occur after the publication of this list. For the most up-to-date listing and information on volunteering at some of these locations, contact Pennsylvania 211 East by phone at 211 or visit Note: Most meals do not require reservations, unless otherwise indicated.

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The following location is offering a free food box giveaway before Christmas Day:

Lancaster County Project for the Needy at Clipper Magazine Stadium
650 North Prince Street, Lancaster

  • Saturday, December 21, 2019
  • Food box distribution begins at 8 am
  • No registration or eligibility requirements
  • Distribution is first-come, first-served

The following location is offering a free meal before Christmas Day:

Catholic Worker House of Lancaster at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
119 South Prince Street, Lancaster | (717) 392-2578 (St. Mary’s Church)

  • Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 12:30-2 pm

The following locations are offering a free meal on Christmas Day:

Brownstown Area Churches at West Earl Fire Company
14 School Lane Avenue, Brownstown | (717) 656-7570 (Ebenezer Church)

  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 11 am-1 pm
  • Home-delivered meals may be arranged (only Akron, Brownstown, Denver, Ephrata, Farmersville, Leola, Lititz, New Holland), call the church by December 23, 2019

Columbia Christmas Ladies at Columbia Fire Hall
10th and Manor Streets, Columbia | (717) 397-2267 (Helen)

  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019, doors open at 10 am, meal is at 12 pm
  • Reservations required by December 20, 2019
  • Meal is for Columbia senior citizens ages 55 and older (no children)
  • Transportation for Columbia residents only, may be arranged, call Helen by December 20, 2019
  • Donations and gifts needed, please call for details

Cross Roads Brethren in Christ Church
800 Donegal Springs Road, Mount Joy Donegal Springs Road & Angle Street| (717) 653-1616

  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 11 am-1 pm
  • Reservations requested by phone or online at, but not required
  • Home-delivered meals may be arranged, contact the church by 12 pm on December 20, 2019
  • Donations of canned goods for the Mount Joy Food Bank will be accepted if persons wish to donate

St. Anne’s Catholic Church
929 North Duke Street, Lancaster Corner of Duke and Liberty Streets | (717) 392-2225

  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 11:30 am-1 pm
  • Transportation for Lancaster City area residents only, may be arranged, call the church or Lisa Wood at 717-669-6282 (between 9 am and 9 pm) by December 24, 2019
  • Dining location is not wheelchair accessible

Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church
44 East Orange Street, Lititz | (717) 626-2175

  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12 pm
  • Reservations required by December 20, 2019
  • Lititz residents only
  • Transportation for Lititz/Warwick residents may be arranged

West Green Tree Church of the Brethren
740 Greentree Road, Elizabethtown | (717) 653-5367

  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 1-3 pm
  • Reservations required by December 18, 2019
  • Home-delivered meals for Elizabethtown & Mount Joy residents may be arranged

The following locations are offering a free meal on New Year’s Day:

First Baptist Church of Lancaster
612 North Duke Street, Lancaster | (717) 392-8818

  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11 am-1 pm

St. Joseph Church
410 St. Joseph Street, Lancaster | (717) 397-6921

  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 1-3 pm

Year-Round Community Meal Information:

In addition to these Holiday Meals, some year-round Community Meal locations will be open on these respective holidays, while others will not. For information on which Community Meals will be open on these holidays, please call 211.

Compiled by Pennsylvania 211 East • Phone: 211 • Web: | Updated December 11, 2019