YMCA Food Drive
The Chambersburg Memorial YMCA will be hosting a Food Drive from April 27-30. Canned goods and non-perishables will be collected and donated to South Central Community Action Programs' Franklin County Shelter. Food drop off and pick up details can be found in the flyer below.
Home Sewn Face Mask Donations
WellSpan Health and Keystone Health are seeking face masks, sewn from home, to be donated to their employees. Those interested in sewing may click the link below to view the sewing pattern and donation instructions for both organizations.
Salvation Army Food Donations
The Salvation Army's Soup Kitchen is assembling food boxes for those in need. Their food pantries are empty and they need the community's help to fill the boxes. You can donate from your home by purchasing items from their Amazon and Walmart wish lists - the items will be shipped directly to them.
Local Job Openings
We know that for many, this is a difficult time in the workforce; so we asked our members to let us know who was hiring and what positions they had available. Find more information by clicking the links below.
Pen Pals for Seniors
One ongoing community concern related to quarantine and social distancing is the impact on mental health, including the effect on people in independent and assisted living facilities. These senior citizens may not have regular contact with family or friends as residencies remain closed to visitors.
To help lower the impact of social isolation of area seniors, United Way of Franklin County is inviting community members to send encouraging and friendly notes, poems, drawings, and stories to senior citizens in independent and assisted living facilities who might be happy to read something from a friendly pen.
Those wishing to send an uplifting message can mail to the Agency on Aging office, whose staff will ensure delivery to places in the community where letters will be received and appreciated. Pen Pals may address letters to "Dear Friend" and mail to:
Franklin County Area Agency on Aging
600 Norland Ave., Suite #11
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Food Donations to Elderly
Healthy, shelf stable food is being sought to support our seniors. Type of food include mini canned vegetables, cereal, ready-to-eat tuna, salmon, chicken pouches, crackers, peanut butter, dried fruits, trail mixes, etc.
How to make a donation:
Location: 600 Norland Avenue Suite 11, Chambersburg
Drop-off Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Please drop off deliveries at the sidewalk outside the senior center and press the doorbell. If you're interested in helping with deliveries, call 717-263-2153.
Area Food Donations Needed
Healthy, shelf-stable food is needed to serve the less fortunate in Franklin County. Please consider helping the below organizations:
St. Thomas Food Bank at the United Methodist Church, 360 St. Thomas-Edenville Road in St. Thomas. Contact Sue Gipe at 717-369-2437
Valley Ministries Food Pantry at 20344 School Road in Dry Run. This is the only food pantry in Dry Run and serves the Fannett-Metal School District. Contact Rhonda Eckenrode at 717-349-7618.
Franklin County Area Agency of Aging at 600 Norland Ave., Suite 11 in Chambersburg. Contact Sandra Bolinger at 717-263-2153.
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank with delivery available in many locations. Donate virtually at www.centralpafoodbank.org. Call 717-547-6336 for more details.
Food Delivery Volunteers
Waynesboro Community & Human Services is seeking volunteers to help deliver meals and put together backpack bags of food. The number of families utilizing their resources have doubled in recent weeks to over 300.
Community Letters to Elderly
Many retirement communities are under strict quarantine measures due to the threat of the Coronavirus.
The Shook Home is asking for any children, students, community members, etc. to send their residents a nice letter or card to show how much the community cares about them.
Cards to The Shook Home may be mailed to:
55 S. Second Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Additional Community Resources
United Way of Franklin County has additional resources on their website to help individuals and nonprofits find assistance including donations, volunteering and more.
Staying Mentally Fit
As we face unprecedented changes and interruptions as a result of the novel coronavirus epidemic, it is important that we take care of ourselves mentally as well as physically. Click below for coping recommendations from Penn State Extension.
Chambersburg Borough Response
As of March 24, a community of 10 churches have stepped forward to offer food supplies to any families that might become homebound because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests for aid may be routed to Dave Finch at 717-660-2702.
Borough Meter Readings
In an attempt to encourage social distancing, the Borough will suspend house-to-house meter reading on a temporary basis. As a result, utility bills sent in April 2020 will be estimated based on the account's historic usage. A reconciliation of the estimated and actual usage will happen at the end of the crisis or when customers close out their utility account. For more information, call 717-264-5151.
Get Involved with WellSpan
Are you looking to get involved? There are several ways that you can help your community during these difficult times!
Community members can make a donation, donate supplies (face masks, gowns, hand sanitizer), donate blood, and give food by following instructions in the link here.
WellSpan Health is also providing emergency community partnership grants to help support community partners during this time of need. Specific information on the Slow the Spread Grant Program can be found here.
Additional resources for community partners can be found in the link below.
Counting on Franklin County
In times of uncertainty such as the outbreak of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus), we’re all counting on the people of our community to show kindness. This Facebook group is for Franklin County, Pa residents to share information about acts of kindness that are needed in this time, as well as uplifting, positive accounts of how individuals or groups in our area are stepping up to help each other. We are stronger together!
Local Business Support
Verstandig Media has created a FREE platform for businesses to share their hours and what they have available during this time.
Click here to view TheLineStrong.com and join the movement to support local businesses today, so they can keep their doors open tomorrow.
With the spread of the Coronavirus, this is a difficult time for small businesses, including restaurants. Many are working hard to make their menu available on a take-out and delivery basis with adjusted hours. Below is a list of Chamber restaurants that are still open. To see more local restaurants, click the button for the Facebook Group: Chambersburg Takeout Blitz.
Meals for Students
School districts as well as local businesses are stepping up to make sure that no child goes hungry. School districts & businesses are listed below (this is a developing list):
Abel Castro-State Farm - Free bagged lunches with sandwiches from The Orchards will be available at 904 Lincoln Way W. in Chambersburg on Friday, May 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. While supplies last.
Chambersburg Area School District – Bag Lunches will be provided at Ben Chambers (481 N. Franklin St.) & Franklin Housing Parking Lot (440 W Washington St.) starting Tuesday, March 17th.
Waynesboro Area School District – has requested permission from the state, waiting to hear back. Plans are to offer bagged breakfast & lunch at Summit View, Fairview and Mowrey. More details will be available soon.
Shippensburg Area School District – free meals for children 18 and under. Updated details will be available by the end of the day.
Tuscarora School District - TSD will serve breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday during our closure. Both will be grab and go. Breakfast from 8:30-9:30. Lunch from 11:30-1:00. Kids 18 and under eat free. Adults $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.
Alfredo’s Pizza in Shippensburg – offering children that are on reduced or free meal program 2 slices of pizza and beverage. M-F, 11am-2pm. 397 Baltimore Rd.
Pizza Man in Shippensburg – offering 2 slices of pizza and a drink to any school aged child in need, M-F (closed Tuesdays), 11am-2pm. 201 N. Seneca St.
Roy-Pitz Brewing Company in Chambersburg – giving a free bagged lunch to children in need starting March 17th (T-F), 11:30am-1:00pm (while supplies last). 140 N. Third St.
Caretti’s Pizza – offering free lunch (a slice of pizza, banana, & water or fruit punch) to Chambersburg School District Students. This will start Tuesday, March 17th, 11:30am-12:30pm. 1710 Lincoln Way East location.
Chick-fil-A Chambersburg - Starting Thursday, March 19th, we will be partnering with King Street Church to provide free kids meals to students in our school district who are enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program. The meal includes a 4 or 6 count nugget, applesauce, and their choice of milk or apple juice. These meals will be available at King Street Church, Monday-Friday from 11:30 AM - 1 PM.
Local Businesses Need Our Help
Gov. Wolf has encouraged all non-essential businesses to close for the next two weeks. Many businesses are adjusting hours, ramping up online sales and exploring other options to address the health concerns. Here's what you can do to help:
- Purchase gift cards from local businesses
- Shop online with local retailers
- Share a business's social media post
- Order takeout or delivery from a local restaurant
- Write a positive review for a local business on Google or Yelp
- Ask a neighbor or family member if you can help them with anything
- Consult with a travel agent for a future trip
- Subscribe to a mailing list for a local business
- Tell a grocery store employee that they're appreciated
- Take a deep breath - we will get through this!
View and print infographics of important information, fact sheets and flyers to share with your employees and customers.
Remember; the situation is constantly evolving! We'll be sending updates with information as it becomes available to us. Stay connected by subscribing to the Chamber's weekly e-newsletter.
Disclaimer: Please remember the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is not a health official or government official. Our goal is to share information that is accurate and unbiased in a timely manner. Please seek additional information from the linked sources provided.
If you are sick, or feel sick, please contact your healthcare provider and follow their instructions.
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