Who is Solanco Neighborhood Ministries?

Our Mission: Engaging Families. Meeting Needs. Giving Hope.

Our Vision: to provide a support network, promote personal and spiritual growth, increase self-sufficiency, and break the cycle of poverty within our Solanco community.

Solanco Neighborhood Ministries is a non-profit, non-government, faith-based organization that helps meet the practical, spiritual, and relational needs of individuals and families in Southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Area churches are an integral part of S.N.M., which was founded by the Solanco Pastor’s Fellowship. Generous support from the churches, as well as individuals and organizations, allow us to continue (and expand) programs and services in Solanco.

The Ministries we provide include:

  • Solanco Food Bank
  • Student Week End Eating Program (SWEEP)
  • Clothing assistance with New Hope Community Closet
  • Matching Heating Assistance Program
  • Homeless Prevention Program (coming soon)
  • Back-to-School Backpack Program
  • Holiday Meals
  • Sign-up location for Nicklemine Toy Drive and Toys for Tots
  • Community Gardens
  • Referral to other organizations
  • Pastor’s Office Hours

We are 100% funded through donations and 100% of donations stay in Southern Lancaster County, PA. Our donations come from churches, individuals, area businesses, and local organizations, and all financial donations to Solanco Neighborhood Ministries are tax deductible.

If you’d like to donate to SNM, please click the Donate button below and you’ll be able to donate through the secure PayPal website. You may use a credit card or use PayPal. To use PayPal you need to create your own PayPal account to donate, but you’ll find it safe and easy to do. Thanks for your compassion for our local neighbors in need.

Contact Us

355 Buck Road
Quarryville, PA 17566

Hours of Operation*: Monday - Friday,
9 AM - 4 PM (closed from 12 - 1 PM)
Donation drop off room: Monday - Friday,
9 AM - 4 PM
*In case of inclement weather, we follow the Solanco School District’s policy for delays and closures.

For general questions, call 717.786.4308 or email
To reach the director, Teresa Dolan, call 717.786.4308 or email tdolan@SNMinistries.org

Solanco Food Bank

Our local community provides for those in need

Emergency Food Bank

We strive to meet the needs of individuals and families in times of crisis, and help them get back on their feet. Individuals can use the food bank when in a crisis situation or once every 3 months, if the situation has not resolved.

Student WeekEnd Eating Program


For Students in Grades K-6

SWEEP is for students in grades K-6 who are eligible for the free breakfast / lunch program at a Solanco Elementary or Middle School. For more information, call the Guidance Office at your child’s school.

Heating Assistance

We will match a personal heating payment up to $350*

We offer a limited matching grant to qualified individuals

We will match one time, up to $350 what individuals put towards their own heating expenses (oil, propane, etc.). We do not match outside assistance (i.e. LIHEAP funds).

Crisis / Emergency Services

We network with local churches and organizations.

Referral Service / Church Connections

At times, we have financial resources available beyond food and heating assistance, so if you have a crisis or emergency that falls outside of these programs, still give us a call. We may be able to help!

Comments from our Community

“We would like to say thank you to the Solanco Food Bank.  They have always been our life saver.  No one will ever know how grateful we are to have the food bank.  Many of cold nights but extra warm stomachs” 

The Baylis Family

“I volunteer at Solanco Neighborhood Ministries because it makes me happy.  Knowing that I am part of a Christian organization devoted to helping people is a very rewarding experience”


2017 Donation Beneficiaries…

285 Children in SWEEP Program
600 Food Orders for over 1000 individuals
80 New Families Helped by SNM
Heating Assistance for 43 Families

Help Us Provide Nutritious Food for our Community, Students, Families and Senior Citizens in Need.

volunteers packaging food

Food Drive Volunteers:

The first Saturday of every month, Ferguson and Hassler Supermarket hosts a food drive to benefit the Solanco Food Bank. Consider helping hand out flyers and receive donations at this food drive, or host your own food drive!

Darrenkamp’s and Mussers Markets frequently host drives at their stores…check them out!

Food Bank Volunteers:

Our Food Bank is almost entirely staffed with volunteers! They help pack orders, work in the office, tend the gardens, or help with food drives! We need volunteers at other times of the year too. Stop in, take a tour, and let us know how you might be interested in helping.

Food and Monetary Donations:

Most of the food we hand out is donated by churches and community members. Whatever food is not donated, we purchase locally using donated funds. It takes a lot of money to keep the Food Bank supplied adequately and we greatly appreciate your gifts.

Food donations can be dropped off any time Monday-Friday from 9 am – 4 pm in our drop off room on the side of the building. If you would like to donate perishable items, please bring them inside. Thank you!

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Solanco Neighborhood Ministries

Checks can be dropped off at the food bank or mailed to:
Solanco Neighborhood Ministries
355 Buck Road
Quarryville, PA 17566

All donations to Solanco Neighborhood Ministries are tax deductible.

Thanksgiving Box Items:

  • Turkey (10-12lb) OR $15 gift card to F&H or Musser’s Markets

  • fresh potatoes (5 lbs)

  • turkey gravy

  • boxed stuffing mix

  • onion

  • canned broth (chicken, turkey, vegetable)

  • bag of long carrots

  • canned cranberry sauce

  • canned green beans

  • beef/chicken bouillon cubes

  • brown and serve rolls

  • canned apple pie filling

  • canned cinnamon rolls

  • unsalted butter or margarine

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