Doing Good During COVID-19

Chantelle Delaney, a teacher for the School District of Lancaster, is coordinating free meals for essential staff at Lancaster General Hospital. Her good deed started out as a Facebook post with a simple goal – to provide a pizza dinner for the hospital staff. Chantelle was overwhelmed with donations and was able to continue sending meals for days. Many local restaurants even matched donations or gave their food for free. According to Lancaster Online, Chantelle has collected well over $1,000 in donations in less than a week.  


So far, participating restaurants included Steel Peel Pizza, House of Pizza (Chestnut St), Panera Bread Fruitville Pike, Sprout of Rice and NoodlesIsaac’s DowntownMax’s EateryKirchner Beverage DistributorHammond PretzelsLonghorn Steakhouse East Lancaster, Café EastTrio RestaurantCaruso’s Silver Spring, and Jimmy John’s.  



Oola Bowls added a “Donate a Bowl” option to their online ordering. Customers can choose to pay it forward for essential healthcare workers. So far, Oola Bowls has already made donations to the Emergency Department at Lancaster General Hospital, the Hospitalist Team at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and the Lancaster General Community Testing Site.


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OOLA NEEDS YOUR HELP: • We continue to be so thankful for the support we have received from our loyal customers during a hard time for us over the last few weeks. One of the most exciting and consistent question we have gotten is “Can I donate an Oola Bowl to someone else in Lancaster who could use one right now?” This is just such an incredible testimate to the people of this city but one we haven’t had an answer for and we are looking to you to help us! • HERE’S HOW TO HELP: We will be choosing groups of individuals to deliver bowls to based on YOUR nominations -Please comment below, send us a message, or send us an email to info@oolabowls.com with the following: 1-The group that you want bowls delivered to (think nurses, police officers, grocery store employees, etc.) 2-The number of bowls that would be needed 3-A contact person so we can safely coordinate the delivery • Those who want to help, can go onto our website (oolaorders.com) and choose “donate a bowl” with a specified amount • The bowls will be discounted to simply cover our costs on the ingredients, and once we have reached our goal for each group we will make them and deliver them. Once one group has been fed, we will move to the next group! We will keep you in the loop and set goals every day to get food to the selfless individuals who deserve it in this tough time! • Please help us by sharing this post or encouraging people you know to donate! 💜

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Bird-in-Hand Fabric and Mennonite Disaster Service partnered with sewing volunteers to make masks. If you’re in need of a mask or fabric to make your own, you can visit them at their drive-thru window at the fabric shop. Each visitor is welcome to take 5 masks at no cost, but donations to MDS are greatly appreciated. If you are in need of a large amount of masks, call and place your order at 717-823-0952.

Through generous donations from local individuals, Speckled Hen Coffee was able to provide 50 meals and coffee to nurses and staff at Lancaster General Hospital, gift cards to families in the community, seven meals to single moms in transitional housing at Timberline Church, and over 60 meals distributed by The Factory Ministries – all in just one week! 


551 West offers ‘Carryout With a Cause’ several days each week where a portion of their sales directly benefits local nonprofits and small businesses. They’ve already partnered with Vision CorpsPrima TheatreMeals on Wheels of Lancaster, and Arch Street Center. Check their Instagram page for their latest fundraiser. In the coming weeks, they will be supporting police, firefighters and Lancaster General ER Staff.



Rebel Cause Lancaster is serving up free community meals. The organization is a group of Star Wars fans who are dedicated to uniting the fandom and doing good in the community, according to their Facebook page. Rebel Cause was quick to jump in and use their cooking skills to help the Lancaster community during this hard time. The organization is serving hot dinners Monday through Friday and providing bagged lunches over the weekend. All are welcome. Check their Facebook for daily menus and locations. 


A few Lancaster distilleries are using their equipment to create sanitation products. Thistle Finch Distillery is making disinfectant sprays for essential businesses in short supply. Lancaster Distilleries and Columbia Kettle Works are partnering to create as much hand sanitizer as they can to help meet the overwhelming demand. 


Per Diem may be closed for now, but they are still looking out for their employees with weekly care packages. 


Local tourism organization, LoKal Experiences, is coordinating volunteers and donations to create hand sewn masks to help reach the high demand. Their goal is to sew 5,000 masks a day for organizations across Lancaster County. They could still use donations, sewers and meals for their volunteers. See their post below for more information on how to get involved.


The Bake Shoppe at Country Table is celebrating healthcare workers with delicious whoopie pies. If you or someone you know is a healthcare worker, contact Country Table here to get on their list. For every $50 in gift cards sold, they will also donate a dozen whoopie pies to local healthcare workers.


Brent L. Miller is hosting an online auction to help relieve three local causes including the Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster, TFB Hospitality and Operation Emerald. The auction will be live from April 27th through May 6th. Items will continue to be added as they are donated. 100% of what you pay will be donated.


Do you know a business or individual who is doing good in our community? Let us know here.

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