Entering its second year of partnership, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Community Action Partnership bring Fresh Express, a mobile food pantry filled with fresh produce and healthy food options, to Columbia and Paradise.
The program offers two locations:
- Fresh Express Columbia: Fourth Friday of every month from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at Park Elementary School 520 S. 6th St., Columbia, PA 17512
- Fresh Express Factory Ministries: Second Saturday of every month, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Together Community Center 3293 Lincoln Hwy East, Paradise PA 17562
LG Health will offer special food-preparation sessions at the Park Elementary location during pantry hours on Sept. 27 and Nov. 22.
The program is free to individuals and families from Columbia and Paradise who meet income guidelines (for example, at or below an annual income of $37,650 for a family of four). Upon arrival, customers sign a simple form that confirms they meet the income guidelines, and then they can shop and select products.
“People who are food-insecure, meaning they do not have enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle, are at risk of more chronic diseases related to diet, like diabetes and heart disease,” said Heather Rotella, Health Promotion Specialist at LG Health. “Having access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods is very important for our community’s health.” Rotella added that the program offers fresh fruits, vegetables, milk and eggs to participants.
To register for the program, call 717-684-1497.