Food Bank Clothing Bank Rental Assistance

"Neighbors Helping Neighbors"

The mission of Ephrata Area Social Services is: to channel resources into a network of support for Neighbors in need of Human Resources.

News and Events

Ephrata Area Social Services came into being on October 4, 1971.
During the year we will shout out, This is our 45th Anniversary.
Watch for it...
Look for us at Hospital Day in the Park, Sat. June 4th, Tom Grater Park.
Also, have you car washed on Sat. Aug. 20th at our 227 N. State St. facility.
Cost...free will donation of food or funds.
Local Lion Clubs have been busy conducting Food Drives for the EASS Food Bank.
Watch for groups collecting food for EASS as you go about your Friday and Saturday
grocery shopping trips.
Holiday Exchange Program

The EASS 2015 Holiday Exchange Program is now complete.  Click here is see how many people we helped in 2015!

 Thanks to all who participated.  This program has been running for 44 years.  Join us in 2016 and see how it feels to help a family at Christmas. 

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Fuel, Energy and Family Assistance 

The 2015 Fund Raising Campaign has brought in $50,000.

Thanks to all who contributed.  You can continue supporting the EASS Mission

by using the MAKE A DONATION here on our web site. 

Free Community Meals

Meals Served Every Thursday
At One Of These Locations:


- Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
- Bethany United Church of Christ
- First United Methodist Church

Click here for more information

EASS FOOD BANK

Food donations are needed to keep up with demand

we are experiencing from family's in need.

Donations of food can be made Mon. thru Fri, 9:00am to 4:00pm at 227 N. State St.

Community Assistance Meals on Wheels

What We Do


Food Bank

Every month, EASS provides more than 200 families with a 4 to 5 day supply of food. Volunteers follow a list that depicts daily recommended allowances by food groups to pack food orders for typical family sizes consisting of 1 to 6 individuals. Each order also contains milk, bread, eggs, margarine, meats and cheese. Eligible families may receive a food order once every 30 days.

Donations of food and funds to keep this service strong come from churches, civic organizations, schools, businesses and individuals. Donations are accepted Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm at 227 North State Street in Ephrata. Call for an update of our current food needs. Thank you.

Learn more about EASS’ food service: Meals on Wheels



Clothing Bank

EASS runs Clothing Bank at 227 N. State St. in Ephrata. Open on Wed. mornings from 10:00am to 12:00am the clothing room offers several opportunities for heads of households and others to select children’s and adults items, including shoes. From infant to older adult, women, men, maternity and
large sizes, as well as blankets and other items may be available.

All visitors to the clothing room must register and be residents of the Ephrata or Cocalico School Districts. Persons may visit the clothing bank on 30 day intervals.

Donations of clothing are accepted Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Although not solicited, there are usually a selection of books, household items and other types of small incidentals available.



Transportation Services

Most of those using the transportation service are senior citizens. They are living alone, incapable of driving a vehicle, living in a nursing home or needing a one time only ride because of a medical procedure. Service is provided for trips to the doctor, hospital, grocery store, bank, pharmacy, and hairdresser. This service is offered 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, excluding holidays and bad weather days. There is no charge for this service. Free will donations are appreciated.

Please call (717) 733-0345 to schedule your ride



Emergency Financial Assistance

EASS has established a fund to help families needing assistance to purchase fuel to heat the home during the winter months and to help prevent the disconnection of electric service in the Spring of the year. Limited help is available to assist with prescriptions as well.



Fund Raising

Fund raising is an ongoing function of our agency. As a privately funded non-profit organization EASS relies on financial contributions from the community. EASS Supplements the generous ongoing support of churches, organizations, individuals, businesses and foundations by conducting an Annual Fund Raising Campaign of its own during the fall of the year. Additional income from the Annual Fund Raiser has allowed EASS to help even more families in the past several years.