Community Assistance 2018-04-17T12:38:41+00:00

Community Assistance Services

Solanco Neighborhood Ministries is able to provide community assistance in a variety of areas. Additionally, we have resources through our partnerships that expand our ability to help those in need. Here’s a listing of the main programs we provide:

Bridges Out of Poverty and Mentor Training Sessions – May 11, 2018

Training Day Details

This Event is Free!

From 8 am – noon, Chuck Holt, president of The Factory Ministries, will be presenting Bridges Out of Poverty. This is a community support program that gives a framework for understanding poverty and how it applies to your community.

From 12:45 pm – 3 pm, local professionals will share tools that are important for mentoring. There are many opportunities in the Southern End to become a mentor and walk alongside families, singles and youth in their personal journeys. Several organizations in the Southern End will be represented at the training with information available as to how you can become involved.

The event will be held at Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church in their Family Life Center. Limited parking available at the center, overflow across the street.

Refreshments and Lunch Provided
Coffee and light refreshments will be available starting at 7:30 am.
Lunch is provided.

Please register by using our online Registration Form, or by calling or emailing us. We need to know your name, address, phone number, and how many are attending if you are registering other people. We also need to know if you will be present for the entire session, the Bridges Out of Poverty only, or the Mentor Training only. Thank you!
Call: 717.786.4308 or email

Solanco Food Bank

We are an 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.

If you need help, come to the food bank and meet with our volunteers who will collect information about your income, expenses, household members, and other needs besides food.

What we need from you:

  • Proof of income, if applicable (pay stubs, SS, SSI, SSD, child support, etc.)
  • Recent bank statement
  • Photo ID
  • Proof of address, if not on income or bank statements (utility bill, lease agreement, etc.)

Orders are usually scheduled within 1-2 days of meeting with a Solanco Neighborhood Ministries volunteer.

SWEEP (Student Week End Eating Program)

Students who qualify receive a bag of food to take home over the weekend that includes 2 breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack items, as well as a milk voucher. SWEEP is for students in grade K-6 who are eligible for the free breakfast / lunch program at the elementary and middle schools listed below.  For more information, call the Guidance Office at your child’s school.

**A Summer SWEEP program is also available…ask your school counselor for more details!

  • Bart-Colerain Elementary School – 717.529.2181
  • Clermont Elementary School – 717.548.2742
  • Martic Elementary School – 717.284.4128
  • Providence Elementary School – 717.786.3582
  • Quarryville Elementary School – 717.786.2546
  • Smith Middle School – 717.786.2244
  • Swift Middle School – 717.548.2187

Holiday Food Boxes

We provide Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food baskets to individuals who use the food bank. Our meals come complete with turkey/ham, all the fixings, and dessert! Advance sign-ups required and your information must be up-to-date.

Heat Matching Assistance

We offer a matching grant to qualified individuals. We will match one time (per winter season), up to $350 what individuals put towards their own heating expenses (oil, propane, etc.). We do not match outside assistance (i.e. LIHEAP funds**).

If you need help:

  • Come to the food bank and meet with our volunteers who will collect information about your income, expenses, household members, and other needs besides heat.
  • Things to bring along:
    • Proof of income, if applicable (pay stubs, SS, SSI, SSD, child support, etc.)
    • Recent bank statement
    • Photo ID
    • Proof of address, if not on income or bank statements (utility bill, lease agreement, etc.)
    • Receipt from recent payment to fuel company (or name of fuel company so we can verify payment)

**Individuals should first apply for LIHEAP assistance. The LIHEAP program runs November-March. Here’s a link to the website where you may obtain the LIHEAP COMPASS application and other important information.

Other Crisis / Emergency Services

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!

Referral Service
If we’re not able to help you, we will do our best to find someone who can! We are connected with many churches and organizations in the area that have their own resources available.

Church Connections
Solanco Neighborhood Ministries was founded by the Solanco Pastors Fellowship. If you are interested in getting connected with a church in our community, but aren’t sure where to start, let us know! We’d love to help!

Partnerships & Other Resources

We are members of the Solanco Family Life Network and work closely with many churches and organizations in Southern Lancaster County. Click here to see our partners!

Click here to view the Solanco Community Resource Guide to learn about helpful organizations in the area.

Clothing Assistance

We partner with New Hope Community Closet to provide free clothing to families twice/year. Please call S.N.M. to make sure your information is current and to schedule an appointment to pick out clothing.

Backpack Program

Every August, we provide backpacks and school supplies to families who use the food bank. Each child in your family can pick out a backpack, as we try to provide styles appropriate for elementary and middle/high school students. Your information must be current to participate.

If you would like to help with this program, please drop off new backpacks and school supplies to Solanco Neighborhood Ministries.

Community Garden

Thanks to the HS students from the Ag program who till the ground, we grow and tend two gardens (at the food bank and Quarryville Library). Produce collected is given to food bank clients. We provide recipes and storage directions too! Individuals can stop in once a week during regular business hours and take the fresh vegetables they will use. We also accept donations from farmers and home gardeners (please note: we cannot accept home canned goods).

Nicklemine Toy Drive & Toys for Tots

We are a sign-up center for these toy drives. Individuals who are in our service area and whose information is current can sign up for either toy drive at Solanco Neighborhood Ministries. Call in October/November for details.

If you would like to donate to these programs, please call Solanco Neighborhood Ministries and we can provide you with a contact person and/or drop-off location for your items

Solanco Housing Program

Affordable housing in the southern end can sometimes be a challenge, especially if families are facing hardships. Solanco Neighborhood Ministries is developing a program to help eligible families stay in safe, affordable housing, while surrounding the family with mentors, budget coaches, and other resources to help them get (and stay) on track. For more information about this upcoming program, contact Hannah Linde at 717-786-4308.

Contact Us

For general questions, call 717-786-4308 or email

To reach the director, call 717-786-4308 or email Teresa Dolan