Food Assistance & More

During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, our community has demonstrated, yet again, how willing people are to help others. Below is a list of all the food assistance programs that we are aware of, and we will continue to update this list as we learn of other offerings.

Wayne County                                     School Lunches

Area Agency on Aging Meals:

Take-out meals can be obtained Monday through Friday from 11 am to 1 pm at the center in Honesdale, Hawley and Hamlin. Meals will be delivered to those who are unable to come in for the take-out meals. Home Delivered meals are not affected by the new protocols.

County Food Pantry System (monthly)

The five food pantry sites can be found in Honesdale, Lakeville, Newfoundland, Lakewood, and Damascus. If you are interested in becoming involved with the food pantry or would like further information, please contact us at 570-253-4262.  To practice social distancing, we encourage consumers to complete the form by phone rather than at the pantry. To register, applicants must have proof of physical address, such as a current utility bill. No PO Boxes. In addition, applicants should know the names, dates of birth, last four digits of Social Security numbers, and income for all household members. 

To ensure social distancing, each site is now operating a drive-through food distribution. Pantry consumers will remain in their cars and will not be entering the pantry buildings.  If you walk to a pantry, please practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet of distance between people.

Complete Pantry COVID-19 Protocols.


Honesdale Emergency Food Pantry (HEFP) – (3 mos)

The HEFP is a 501 (c)(3) organization, founded in 1982, and runs solely on private donations. The HEFP provides food directly to social service organization and churches. Area agencies include Salvation Army, Wayne County Behavioral Health, Victim Intervention Program, Trehab and more. Families in need should contact these agencies directly for assistance.

  1. Western Wayne
  2. Wayne Highlands
  3. Forest City
  4. Wallenpaupack Area
  5. Carbondale Area
  6. North Pocono

The Western Wayne School District invites families and care-givers to drive through* and pick up meals for their children beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Lunch and breakfast for the following day will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Please stay in your car and meals will be passed through based on the number of children in the car.

Pick up is available Monday through Friday at:

‒ Evergreen Elementary Student Drop off area: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

‒ Robert D. Wilson Bus Loop: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Lunches will include sandwiches, fresh vegetable and/or fruit, milk and a dessert treat. Breakfast bags will include fruit, juice, milk, cereal and assorted cereal bars.

We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of coronavirus by not congregating at the pick-up site once meals have been distributed, continue to wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue, and stay home if you are sick.

Contact the Western Wayne School District Food Service Department at 570-937-3085 or if you have questions about this service or if you need to make arrangements for medically necessary meal accommodations.

*Families who live in Waymart may walk to pick up their meals but are asked not to congregate at the pick-up site.

Community Faith-Based Organizations

Grace Episcopal Church 827 Church St., Honesdale PA will have a full bag lunch available to grab and go on March 28 and April 4th 11:00-11:30.Donations of non-perishable and non-outdated food can be dropped off at 210 Ninth St Honesdale PA.  Please leave on the porch.

St. John’s Catholic Church, Honesdale PA will work with families in need when possible.  Please call 570-253-4561 for more information.  St Vincent’s DePaul Outreach services can be contacted through this number as well.  Please leave a message with your families specific needs during this time.

Hawley United Methodist Church, 315 Church St. Hawley PA – will have bag lunch pick ups on Saturday April 4th and April 18th from 11:30 – 12:00 pm.  Please call the office directly for other needs, not only food related, and leave a message if no one answers.  They will work with families in need as much as possible during this time.  570-226-3875.  Office hours will continue on a by appointment only Mon-Friday 8:00 am thru 3:30 PM.

St Thomas Moore Church, Lake Ariel PA  - will offer a grab and go food pantry every Wednesday from 9:30  – 11:00 am in the parking lot of the Father Scott Parish Center in Lake Ariel.  Donations of non-perishable and non-outdated food are excepted for this pantry.  Please call Father Stavoy at 570-698-5584 to either drop off items or if your family is in specific needs during this COVID-19 outbreak time.  Leave a message if no answer.

Hamlin Assembly of God Church – 613 Easton Tpk., Lake Ariel, PA - Every fourth Monday (except when holidays fall on this Monday) from 6:00pm - 7:30 pm, we will be giving out free food to those in need. Our local families are eligible -- please come prepared to show proof of residency/driver’s license for the following areas: Greentown, Hamlin, Lake Ariel/Jefferson Twp., Moscow/Madisonville, Hawley, Honesdale, Lakeville, South Canaan, Sterling, Waymart. Next one scheduled for Monday April 27, 2020. If the schedule changes we will update this information. Or please call 570-689-2630 and leave a message.

Beach Lake Free Methodist – 107 Milanville Rd, Beach Lake PA – Please contact the office directly at 570-729-7544 or via email to inquire about offerings for the Wayne County Community.

Grace Ridge Church, Terrace St., Honesdale PA – Please contact the office directly at 570-253-5451, email: or visit the website  to inquire how they may be able to help your family during this time.

St. Paul’s Community Food Pantry, 405 Church St, Hawley, PA - Open Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Patrons are provided with non-perishable food for three meals.  Please contact if you need additional information or have any questions.