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Church gives away another 300 boxes of food to help out during coronavirus pandemic, plans more

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More than 300 boxes of food were given out to people in need at the Living Hope Church on Schoolhouse Road in Londonderry Township on Friday.

It was the second time the church has given away the boxes each filled with 35 to 40 pounds of perishable and nonperishable food. The first distribution was on April 17.

Living Hope will do another food box distribution soon, probably within the next few weeks, although a date hasn’t been set yet, lead pastor Ben Kreps told the Press & Journal.

People from other local churches showed up to get some of the boxes of food, to in turn donate to folks in their own areas that are in need, Kreps said.

The church also attended to the spiritual hunger of those in need of food. A sign was posted extending the offer to pray with church volunteers. A lot of the people who came to Living Hope for food took the church up on that offer, Kreps said.

Living Hope has a congregation of about 340 people. Within the congregation, the church has 13 “community” groups, many with their own geographical identity as members are spread out.

One group is made up of members attending Living Hope who live in the Dillsburg area. Like the other community groups, they are eager to help with distributing the food boxes, Kreps said. There’s no shortage of volunteers.

“There’s just a real eagerness in the church to find ways to  bless people and to care for them. It’s exciting to see the church respond so energetically. As a pastor it is gratifying," Kreps said.

The small group members are even pooling their own funds to help buy the boxes of food, which the church purchases for $7 each from the Blessings of Hope food distribution ministry in Leola, Lancaster County.

Of the more than 300 boxes given away Friday, about 200 were purchased by members of the small groups. The church bought the rest.