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 all the food assistance programs that we are aware of, and we will continue to update this list as we learn of other offerings.


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Wayne County Emergency Food Relief Program

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. An image of a poster promoting the twice-monthly distributions at the Wayne County Food Pantries in

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, which will increase its distribution from once to twice a month in June to meet the communities ongoing need. 

To register, please call The Wayne County Aging Office at 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.

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Area Agency on Aging Meals:

Take-out meals can be obtained Monday through Friday from 11 am to 1 pm at the center in Honesdale, Hawley and Hamlin. Meals will be delivered to those who are unable to come in for the take-out meals. Home Delivered meals are not affected by the new protocols.

County Food Pantry System (2xmonthly)The Wayne County Food Pantry Program

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. 

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.

Complete Pantry COVID-19 Protocols.

Honesdale Emergency Food Pantry (HEFP) – (3 mos)

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.

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  5. Carbondale Area
  6. North Pocono

Wayne Highlands

Wayne Highlands School District will be continuing to offer the FREE Grab and Go Breakfast/Lunch Program for the remainder of the State ordered school closure.  The Program is open to all children eighteen (18) and younger.

Beginning Monday, April 27, 2020 there will be a change in the schedule.  Grab and Go Breakfast/Lunch will now be served on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Damascus Area School, Honesdale High School, Preston Area School, and the Cooperage.  

To accommodate the schedule change and to assure that the same number of meals are made available to each child, meals for Tuesday will be distributed at the Monday pick-up and meals for Thursday will be distributed at the Wednesday pick-up..

Please see the locations below.

‒ Damascus Area School, 174 High School Road, Damascus

‒ Honesdale High School, 459 Terrace Street, Honesdale

‒ Preston Area School, 1493 Crosstown Highway, Lakewood

‒ The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale

GRAB AND GO LUNCH from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, contact Superintendent Gregory Frigoletto at 570-253-4661 or Food Service Director Ryne Spaulding at 570-253-6083.

Faith-Based Organizations

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:

 Weekly distributions will be held on Tuesdays:

  • 12 to 3 pm  at Camp Ladore, 287 Owego Turnpike, Waymart PA 18472. To pre-register for weekly distribution, please email shelley.mihalik@use.salvationarmy.org or call 570-352-3435
  • 1 to 1:30 pm at Newfoundland Area Public Library, 954 Main Street, Newfoundland PA 18445. To pre-register for weekly disribution, please email napl@waynelibraries.org, call 570-470-9498 or direct message the Newfoundland Library on Facebook.
  • Please include name, address, phone number, # children (0 -17), # adults (18-59),  and # seniors (60 & above) . 

Forest City Salvation Army Service Extension Office distribution is held each Thursday from 12:30 to 4:00 pm at the Office at 636 Main Street, Forest City, PA Once again individuals must register by calling 570-785 4357. They will leave their name, address, phone number, # in household and ages of each. You will not get a return call unless requested.

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. 

Next one scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2020 (Note different date due to holiday) . If the schedule changes we will update this information. Or please call 570-689-2630 and leave a message.

Beach Lake Free Methodist – 107 Milanville Rd, Beach Lake PA – Please contact the office directly at 570-729-7544 or via email info@beachlakefmc.org 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 spelc@ptd.net 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.

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