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Resources for Families in Need

Dear parents/guardians:

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions in our lives, both at school and at home. This document has been prepared by the Lower Dauphin Pupil Services Department to provide resources to our families over the summer should they have need of mental health services, counseling, or meal supports. This listing is not intended to be all-inclusive and agencies listed should not be considered to be endorsed by the Lower Dauphin School District.  The list has been uploaded as a pdf for your convenience.

Mental Health Service Providers:

If you or a family member are currently in crisis, please dial 911

  • Pressley Ridge – Phone: 800-723-7005; website: www.pressleyridge.org/outpatient.html
  • True North Wellness Services – Phone: 717-657-2080; website: www.truenorthwellness.org
  • Wellspan/Philhaven – Phone: 800-459-7497; website: www.wellspanphilhaven.org
  • PA Counseling Services – Phone: 717-671-9610; website: pacounseling.com
  • Youth Advocate Programs – Phone: 717-232-3106; website: www.yapinc.org
  • YWCA – Phone 717-234-7931; website: www.ywcahbg.org

Suicide Prevention

If you or a family member are currently in crisis, please dial 911

  • Dauphin County Crisis Intervention – Phone: 717-232-7511; website: www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/mental_health_and_intellectual_disabilities/crisis_intervention_services.php
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Phone: 1-800-273-8255; website: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
  • Prevent Suicide PA – Phone: 1-800-273-8255; website: www.preventsuicidepa.org
  • Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Resource Center – Phone: 1-800-273-8255; website: www.sprc.org/states/pennsylvania
  • Suicide/Self-Harm text line – Text “home” to 741741
  • LGBTQ+ - Trevor- Lifeline – Phone: 1-866-488-7386
  • SAFE2SAY Something – Phone: 844-723-2729; website: www.safe2saypa.org; or download app

Drug & Alcohol:

  • Dauphin County Department of D&A – Phone: 717-635-2254; website: www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/drugs_and_alcohol_services/index.php
  • Mazzitti & Sullivan – Phone: 717-534-1650 or 717-901-5652; website: www.mazzittiandsullivan.com

Local & State Resources:

PA 211 - Resource call center – Website: www.unitedwaygcr.org/call-211

Medical Assistance – Website: www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Assistance/Pages/Medical-Assistance

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - www.chipcoverspakids.com

Food Supports:

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) – The state is providing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to students who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at school. This program, known as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), will be temporary and is designed to bridge the gap left by the end of the school year and help families who may have strained resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If a family’s economic situation has changed since school closures began, they can still apply for the National School Lunch Program and, if determined eligible, receive P-EBT benefits. Families can apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us

Falcon Packs – A supplemental food program for Lower Dauphin students, Falcon Packs will operate over the summer on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 100 West Main Street, Hummelstown.

Food Banks/Pantries

With the frequency of changes occurring, please reach out to the organizations to confirm services as needed. 

Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown - 61 E. Washington Street, Elizabethtown. Phone: 361-8149 Option 1. For residents who live in 17022 zip code. By appointment only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Evangelical Free Church of Hershey – 330 Hilltop Road, Hummelstown. Phone: 533-2092, x 2038. For residents who live in 17078, 17033, 17036, 17022, 17057 zip codes within the Lower Dauphin School District.

Fountain of Life Ministries Food Bank – 290 Newberry Road, Middletown. Phone: 944-4455. For residents who live in the 17057 zip code. Pickup on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Grace Chapel Food Pantry – 2535 Colebrook Road Elizabethtown. Phone: 944-5571. Hours: Wednesdays 9 am – noon.

Grantville Area Food Pantry & Clothing Closet Faith United Church of Christ – 117 North Faith Road, Grantville. Phone: 469-4176.  Hours:  Thursdays - 6-8 p.m.; Fridays – 10 a.m.-noon.

Hershey Food Bank & Community Outreach – 120 120 E. Derry Road, Hershey. Phone: 520-3143. Hours: 1st & 3rd Thursday – 9:30-11:30 a.m. & 5-7 p.m.; 3rd Wednesday – 9-11:30 a.m.  www.hersheyfoodbank.com

Hummelstown Food Bank – 100 W. Main Street, Hummelstown. Phone: 566-2589. For residents who live in the 17036 zip code. Hours: Wednesdays – 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.; Thursdays - 5:-7:15 p.m.  www.HummelstownFoodPantry.org

Community-Based Support Organizations & Resources:

Lower Dauphin Communities That Care – Phone: 350-0428; website: www.ldsd.org/ctc

The Giving Tree – Website: www.givingtreeofhummelstown.org

Good Shepherd’s Clothing Closet – Phone: 566-0252; website: tumchtown.org/ministries/shepherds-closet

Spanish-Speaking Resources:

Latino Hispanic American Community Center – Website: lhacc.org/programs

UPMC Pinnacle Enrollment Specialists - Angela Long (aklong@pinnaclehealth.org / 782-6870) or Michelle Baker (michelle.baker@pinnaclehealth.org / 782-2383)