Food Assistance & Community Resources
During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, our community has demonstrated, yet again, how willing people are to help others. Below is a list of food assistance programs that we continue to update as the response to the pandemic changes.
Wayne County Emergency Food Relief
The county, in partnership with the Wayne County Community Foundation and the local school districts, created the Wayne County Emergency Food Relief Program (EFRP), to provide groceries to anyone of any age who is in need.
In four weeks of food distributions, the Wayne County Emergency Food Relief Program provided hundreds of bags of groceries, serving more than 1,617 families. The program now transitions to the county Food Pantry program.
To register, please call The Wayne County Aging Office at 570-253-4262. Please be prepared with the last four digits of the Social Security numbers and dates of birth for each member of the household.
Wayne County Food Pantry Program (monthly)
The five food pantry sites can be found in Honesdale, Lakeville, Newfoundland, Lakewood, and Damascus. If you are interested in becoming involved with the food pantry or would like further information, please contact us at 570-253-4262. To practice social distancing, we encourage consumers to complete the form by phone rather than at the pantry. To register, applicants must have proof of physical address, such as a current utility bill. No PO Boxes. In addition, applicants should know the names, dates of birth, last four digits of Social Security numbers, and income for all household members.
Wayne Highlands cintinues to provide curbside meal pickup of breakfast and lunch Meal Kits for children up to 18 years old. There are no income requirement.
They will be distributing 5 Breakfast and 5 Lunch Meal Kits every MONDAY from 11AM-1PM at either Honesdale High School, Damascus Area School, or Preston Area School.
The student must be enrolled in the Wayne Highlands School District to receive meals.
Weekend meal kits will be distributed on FRIDAYS beginning October 16, 2020, between 11:30 am-12:30 pm. These kits will include 2 Breakfasts and 2 Lunches for the weekend. Everyone ages 0-18 is eligible.
In order to make this a smooth process for everyone, please complete the order form NO LATER THAN 2PM ON THURSDAY each week before pick up. Please indicate on the form which days you will be picking up. Monday only, Friday only or both.
If you have any questions about the ordering process or need a form please contact Ryne Spaulding, Food Service Director at 570-253-6083.
Forest City Regional School district will have nutritious breakfast and lunch for all enrolled students each day at no charge to your household. No further action is required.
If you need further assistance, please contact the Food Service Department at 570-785-2412
Free Kids Grab and Go Breakfasts and Lunch Available. Distribution Days are Tuesday (two days of meals) and Thursday (three days of meals).
Please call 570-251-3000 for more information.
9:30 am – 10:30 am
2 Distribution Sites:
Wallenpaupack Area High School and South Elementary School
For more information please contact: Katlyn Galinsky, Food Service Director Carbondale Area School District
FSD@carbondalearea.org 570-282-5656 ext 2151
All North Pocono District students will be eligible for free meals while operating in the virtual model. Any family with children who are not yet school-age, or reside in your home and are under the age of 18 are also eligible for meals under this program.
Meals will be available for curbside pick up from 9 AM to 11 AM at the North Pocono Intermediate School on Mondays. Families with multiple children, in more than one school, may pick up all meals at this location. Park in the main parking lot and enter the cafeteria through the red doors near the back of the parking lot. Pick-up will be just inside. Look for the signs! Pre-registration is not required for meal pick up.
If your student attends North Pocono School District and your family is having difficulty reaching the pick-up location, please complete the meal delivery form which is located on the website, and email your form to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the school district is closed due to a holiday or scheduled closing or if school is cancelled, meal pick-up will be on the next scheduled day.
If you have any questions, please contact our Food Service Director, Nick Germano, at 570-842-7659 ext. 8621.
To ensure social distancing, each site is now operating a drive-through food distribution. Pantry consumers will remain in their cars and will not be entering the pantry buildings. If you walk to a pantry, please practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet of distance between people.
Honesdale Emergency Food Panty (HEFP)
The HEFP is a 501 (c)(3) organization, founded in 1982, and runs solely on private donations. The HEFP provides food directly to social service organization and churches. Area agencies include Salvation Army, Wayne County Behavioral Health, Victim Intervention Program, Trehab and more. Families in need should contact these agencies directly for assistance.
Area Agency on Aging Meals (Take-out)
In addition to weekday dine-in meals at the Senior Centers in Honesdale, Hawley, and Hamlin, take-out meals can be obtained Monday through Friday. Reservations are required, no extra meals are prepared. Suggested donation over age 60 is $2.50.
Call the day before by 1 pm:
- Hamlin - 570-570-689-3766; use side door off of parking lot for drive thru, look for sign – 11:00 to 11:30 pick up
- Hawley - 570-226-4209; kitchen window on side of building, look for sign – 11:45 to 12:45 pick up
- Honesdale- 570-253-5540 ; use the river side of the building at loading dock – 11 to 12 Noon pick up,
If you would like to dine in (limited availability), call the number above for reservations.
In-home meal delivery is another option; call 570-253-4262 and ask for the Intake Department to be screened and registered.
The Honesdale Salvation Army Service Extension continues to support Wayne County residents through a series of Food Distributions. Food will be distributed - first come, first served:
We are working out of our facility at 231 Sunrise Ave, Honesdale 8:30am – 3:30pm. If anyone needs food all they have to do is call 570-352-3435 and we will schedule an appointment time for them to come and pick up their items. We will continue to provide non-perishable foods as well as frozen meats and vegetables.
Please take note that no one can just stop by – we will continue to work by appointment only as our Territorial Headquarters has not allowed us to actually see clients or individuals in our facility until further notice.
Grace Episcopal Church 827 Church St., Honesdale PA will have a full bag lunch available every Saturday 11:00-11:30 am, except for the second Saturday when it will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 107 Seventh St. in Honesdale.Donations of non-perishable and non-outdated food can be dropped off at 210 Ninth St Honesdale PA. Please leave on the porch. Also connect to them via www.gracechurchhonesdale.org
St. John’s Catholic Church, Honesdale PA will work with families in need when possible. Please call 570-253-4561 for more information. St Vincent’s DePaul Outreach services can be contacted through this number as well. Please leave a message with your families specific needs during this time. www.honesdalecatholic.com
Hawley United Methodist Church, 315 Church St. Hawley PA – There will continue to be a pick up only food pantry on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month between 11:30 -12:30. Please call the office directly, not only for food assistance but also for other needs. Leave a message is no one answers 570-226-3875 or connect through their website www.hawleyumc.com. Office hours will continue on a by appointment only Mon-Friday 8:00 am thru 3:30 PM
St Thomas Moore Church, Lake Ariel PA - will offer a grab and go food pantry every Wednesday from 9:30 – 11:00 am in the parking lot of the Father Scott Parish Center in Lake Ariel. Donations of non-perishable and non-outdated food are accepted for this pantry. Please call Father Stavoy at 570-698-5584 to either drop off items or if your family is in specific needs during this COVID-19 outbreak time. Leave a message if no answer Leave a message if no answer or connect through their website www.stthomas-stmary.com
Hamlin Assembly of God Church – 613 Easton Tpk., Lake Ariel, PA - Every fourth Monday (except when holidays fall on this Monday) from 6:00pm - 7:30 pm, we will be giving out free food to those in need. Our local families are eligible -- please come prepared to show proof of residency/driver’s license for the following areas: Greentown, Hamlin, Lake Ariel/Jefferson Twp., Moscow/Madisonville, Hawley, Honesdale, Lakeville, South Canaan, Sterling, Waymart.
Beach Lake Free Methodist – 107 Milanville Rd, Beach Lake PA – Please contact the office directly at 570-729-7544 or via email email@example.com to inquire about offerings for the Wayne County Community.
Grace Ridge Church, Terrace St., Honesdale PA – Please contact the office directly at 570-253-5451, email: Grchurchoffice@gmail.com or visit the website www.Graceridgechurch.com/rise-up/ to inquire how they may be able to help your family during this time.
St. Paul’s Community Food Pantry, 405 Church St, Hawley, PA - Open Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Patrons are provided with non-perishable food for three meals. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need additional information or have any questions.
Salem Community Church Food Pantry – Please call either 570-604-2661 or 570-351-5103 and leave a message and someone from the pantry will contact you.