Oscar Greene, a pastor and author from Medford, Massachusetts prayed, “Heavenly Father, the opportunities to help are abundant. Help me to see them and to understand the joy of giving.”
“I believe Pastor Greene’s prayer fits very well with what we try to do every day at Lebanon County Christian Ministries”, explained Troy Williams, LCCM Executive Director.
Over thirty years ago Lebanon City churches recognized a need. They joined together and created a food bank to help fill the need. Although the focus of service at the time was the City of Lebanon, the name of the ministry (Lebanon County Christian Ministries) that was created in 1982, showed the vision of the founding group. Serve the entire county.
From our humble beginning as a small pantry in the basement of a home, LCCM has grown into a multi-faceted organization. In addition to Food, we provide Clothing and Utility Assistance (heating oil, natural gas, water/sewer, UGI Operation Share and CAP). We also give Prescription Assistance and sponsor a Free Noon Meal (including delivery to house bound clients) every day of the week. LCCM administers The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) (government surplus sponsored by the USDA), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and during the summer, we operate the Summer Food Program. Beginning this year, in cooperation with Jubilee Ministries and the Lebanon County Coalition to End Homelessness, we will be operating an Emergency Shelter.
Please take the time to visit LCCM at its 29,000 square foot facility at 250 South 7th Street, Lebanon.
Much like LCCM’s beginning, a group of churches from the south eastern section of Lebanon County has recognized a need within their communities. They had been operating an Angel Food Ministries distribution out of the Millcreek Lutheran Church up until the national program shut down. Still wanting to meet the need of their community, churches from the Millcreek, Newmanstown, and Richland areas contacted LCCM and expressed the need and desire for LCCM to make its services more readily available to their residents. After careful planning, beginning in April of this year, LCCM will be operating a satellite office in Newmanstown. The office will be open three days per week and a free community meal will be served every Friday. Residents in the eastern section of the county (to include Myerstown and Schaefferstown) will be able to make appointments to receive assistance with food, clothing, and other emergency services—just as if they were coming to LCCM’s main headquarters in Lebanon.
The branch office will be located within Living Stone Christian Fellowship, 225 Main Street, Newmanstown. Office hours will be Monday, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Wednesday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; and Friday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. A free community meal will be served every Friday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. To make an appointment for the ELCO Branch, residents can call 717-949-1485.
“As we continue to celebrate our thirty second anniversary this year, LCCM continues to find ways to better serve Lebanon County. We are just not content to sit back and live the status quo”, Williams explained. “We are excited that we were able to develop this partnership. It makes sense to partner with churches to fulfill the needs within Lebanon County.”