Hunger Ends Here.
MASKS MUST BE WORN IN ALL BUILDINGS. NO EXCUSES OR EXEMPTIONS.
The Hope Center participates in the Washington County Food Bank program, distributing bags of groceries each month to low-income families and individuals. Our food bank is OPEN during the COVID-19 crisis and food bags are available to anyone during this pandemic. We are temporarily waiving the food bank card requirement. To receive a food bag please call 301.739.1165 during office hours (M-F 8:15-11:30am & 12:15-4pm) to schedule an appointment to pick up a food bag. PLEASE SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. We cannot guarantee a food bag if you arrive without an appointment. Thank you.
THIS INFORMATION IS FOR WHEN WE RETURN TO NORMAL FOOD BANK OPERATIONS AFTER THE CRISIS:
To receive a food bag*, please have a photo ID and a Food Bank Card provided by Community Action Council. If you do not currently have a CAC Food Bank Card then please go to CAC immediately to obtain one. CAC is located at 101 Summit Ave in Hagerstown. Visit their website:
Food bags are given out to each card holder once a month.
Our food bags contain items such as peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese dinners, canned tuna and chicken, cake or brownie mixes, canned soup, instant mashed potatoes and other easy to prepare foods.
To learn more about donating food to The Hope Center please scroll to the bottom of this page.
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, if you do not have a CAC Food Bank Card currently you can still receive a food bag. We highly recommend you try to get one as soon as possible. Each quarter during the pandemic we are hosting special Community Grocery Giveaways. This supplemental food assistance is free for anyone in the community but based on first-come-first-served. Follow us on social media (links at top) to receive notice of our next grocery giveaway.
MASKS MUST BE WORN. NO EXCUSES OR EXEMPTIONS.
Join us every day of the year for a delicious, hot lunch! Our dining room is open to anyone and everyone who wants something good and fresh to eat. No reservations or any form of identification or card is needed. All ages are welcome to join us for a free lunch served daily.
Hours of operation:
Monday - Saturday: Doors* open at 12:00pm and close promptly at 12:30pm
Sundays & holidays: Doors* open at 12:45pm and close promptly at 1:15pm
*We are currently meeting in the Trinity Center (located at the back of the Thrift Store) for Soup Line due to COVID-19 safety standards. MASKS MUST BE WORN. NO EXCUSES OR EXEMPTIONS.
Our daily lunch is always open, even on days with inclement weather. We have plenty of parking in our main parking lot at 215 W. Church St but note that our parking lot might not be cleared of snow and ice during snow storms. While our soup line will still be open, we advise you use caution if driving. To keep up-to-date with any changes please follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and Instagram (links in upper right)
MASKS MUST BE WORN INSIDE ALL BUILDINGS. NO EXCUSES OR EXEMPTIONS.
We offer a free meal every evening to anyone in the community who is hungry. This meal is available for guests of all ages.
Evening meals are provided every day of the year including holidays and inclement weather days. To keep up-to-date with any changes please follow us on Facebook and Twitter (links at the bottom right of this page).
Doors open at 6:30pm in the Trinity Center (located at the back of the parking lot at 215 W. Church St). MASKS MUST BE WORN & SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES WILL BE ENFORCED
The chapel service, hosted by various local churches, begins at 7pm and the evening meal is following the service.
One of the best holiday traditions in Hagerstown has been taking place since the very beginning.
Our 'Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast' is an annual tradition that takes place in our Trinity Center every Thanksgiving Day at 11 AM.
We have volunteers that come early in the morning to start preparing all the delicious food that will be served buffet style to anyone in the community.
Our Wildside Youth department hosts games and activities for kids and teens before the meal is ready so that families can come and enjoy some great holiday festivities.
After a brief service giving thanks, we bring large serving containers full of some of the best food in the four state region! From delicious turkey to mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, succotash, cranberry sauce, fruit, an assortment of pies and so much more there is never an excuse to leave hungry!
The whole event takes an incredible team of volunteers that work as cooks, servers, greeters and clean-up. If you are interested in helping, please call our office at 301.739.1165 or email us at email@example.com.
If you would like to just get some good food that day, just stop by the Trinity Center (215 W. Church St, next to the Thrift Store) at 11 AM. There's plenty of food & parking so invite your family & friends!
Our kitchen goes through a lot of food. Between all the daily meals for our residents and guests and all of the food bags handed out each week, our pantry is in a constant state of activity.
With all the food used to feed thousands each year, it could be a costly drain on our operating budget. But we are blessed to have a community who helps to make sure our panty is never empty and our community is never hungry.
Food donations are a vital part of our ministry. Individuals, families, churches, schools, civic and community groups and others give various types of food all year long. Many groups choose to host a food drive while others pick up products to donate on their weekly grocery run.
Pantry Items Needed:
This is a list of the many items that are used on a regular basis. These items are either used weekly for community meals or are placed into food bags each week as staple items. Please be aware of product sizes, if posted, as they are specific for food bag purposes.
Peanut butter (16 oz jars)
Green beans (canned)
Mixed vegetables (canned)
Chicken noodle soup
Boxes of cereal
Boxes of macaroni & cheese
Hamburger Helper (or similar boxed dinners)
Tomato products (sauce, diced, stewed, etc.)
Canned meat (spam, chicken, etc.)
Our Administrative Office is open Monday - Friday from 8:15am - 4pm for donation drop-off. If it is not possible to drop-off items during that time, please call 301.739.1165 to make other arrangements.
We do accept perishable food as well as leftover food from parties, open houses, church dinners and other gatherings.
If you are donating food in containers that you need returned, please notify our office. We will need to know how many containers to return and a time for pick-up. Please call 301.739.1165.
Perishable food: please stop by Administrative Office. Someone will give you proper instructions.
We use nonperishable food for both our community meals and food bags. Unless specifically noted, we will accept both small and large sized cans and boxes.
We Cannot Accept:
Expired food (please no food past 1 year of best by date)
Packages that have been opened
Home canned food
Dented or rusted cans
Cans that have no labels
Due to safety concerns for our residents and guests, we cannot accept any of the above listed items. If you have any questions or concerns about this list please call 301.739.1165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for understanding.