About Us


Giving to God's Meal Barrel is an excellent way to help feed those in need in Greater Hanover Area, PA.


Our Mision

To provide an open food pantry to feed those in need without questions or qualifications. To treat all of our patrons with respect and dignity and encourage them to pay it forward when they have the means to do so.


Our Vision

FEED MY PEOPLE was the message that Doris received in 1986. It was then that Doris and Glenn Wolff began a food pantry ministry journey that is still flourishing today. It started simply as compiling nonperishable canned good supplies and storing them in their garage. Word of mouth spread their message that anyone who was in need of food for their family was welcome to come into their home and help themselves from their shelves.

How We Operate

Where to find us.

God’s Meal Barrel food pantry was established as a non-profit charitable organization in 1989. We are located at 240 Frederick St, Hanover, PA, (parking in the rear) and we serve the greater Hanover area including Gettysburg, Bonneville, New Oxford, Abbottstown, East Berlin and Spring Grove.

Operational Procedures:

  • Hours of operation are Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 10AM till Noon.
  • There are no geographical or financial requirements to be eligible for assistance. We only ask that our patrons pay it forward when they have the means to do so.
  • Patrons are allowed to come in for assistance once per month unless they have an emergency need for food.
  • We ask that patrons call us first on the day they want to come in. (717-637-5568).
  • Families will receive three or four bags of groceries which will include meat, eggs, milk, cereal, bread & snacks. Non- perishable goods such as spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, tuna, soups, canned vegetables and fruits. Fresh vegetables and fruits are distributed during the growing seasons. We also include hygiene items when available to us.
  • Deliveries are available for those who have no transportation within five miles of Hanover. We ask anyone who needs a delivery to call before 11AM to be put on the schedule.

We Work As a Charity/ Social/ Non-profit/ NGO.

About God's Meal Barrel

Giving to God's Meal Barrel is an excellent way to help feed those in need in Greater Hanover Area, PA. This nonprofit organization has been providing food assistance to individuals and families in the Greater Hanover Area community since 2003. Through its various programs, God's Meal Barrel serves thousands of individuals each year, ensuring that they have access to nutritious meals and essential resources.

One of the primary ways that individuals can support God's Meal Barrel is by making a financial donation. These donations are used to purchase food items, supplies, and other resources that are essential to the organization's mission. Donations can be made online through the organization's website or through a variety of other channels, including mail, phone, or in-person at one of the organization's many fundraising events.

Another way to support God's Meal Barrel is by volunteering time and skills. The organization relies on a dedicated team of volunteers who help to pack and distribute food items, assist with fundraising and events, and provide other essential support services. Volunteers can sign up through the organization's website or by contacting God's Meal Barrel directly.

In addition to financial donations and volunteer support, individuals can also donate food items directly to God's Meal Barrel. The organization accepts a variety of non-perishable food items, including canned goods, pasta, rice, cereal, and other shelf-stable items. As well as fresh frozen meats and garden vegetables. Donations can be dropped off during our open hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am till noon. We also hold a donation only drop day, the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 am till noon.


History Of God's Meal Barrel

In 1989 Doris and Glenn purchased a property at 413 Baltimore Street, Greater Hanover Area, PA. The two-unit apartment building allowed them to live on the second floor and the first floor became the home of God’s Meal Barrel. In the early years of the food pantry the Meal Barrel served daily hot meals as well as providing groceries to those in need. Thanksgiving meals were also provided for many years. Doris and Glenn were blessed with family and friends from their church and the community willing to volunteer their time to assist with preparing food and serving those in the community that were less fortunate. In 1990 Doris and Glenn were named as one of President George H. W. Bush’s 1000 Points of Light, a national tribute to voluntarism. Glenn Wolff passed in 2007 and while there were times that Doris contemplated closing the Meal Barrel, she continued on with her mission. Giant Foods and Weis Markets started to provide help to the Meal Barrel with bread and other items. Donations from corporate sponsors like the Paul Newman Foundation began coming in as well as donations from throughout the Greater Hanover Area area, both personal and corporate. For over thirty years whenever the shelves got low or the checkbook was near empty, blessings appeared and the Meal Barrel was able to continue the mission of providing for those in need. In 2018 Doris became a resident of the nursing home at Homewood at Plum Creek. She continued to consult with the current management staff at the Meal Barrel. In May, 2023 GMB moved to our current location at 240 Frederick St, Hanover, PA.
Doris passed on December 18,2022

Frequently Asked Questions

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Give what you can

By supporting God's Meal Barrel, individuals can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who are struggling with hunger and food insecurity in Greater Hanover Area, PA.

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Whether through financial donations, volunteer support, or food donations, every contribution helps to ensure that God's Meal Barrel can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of those who need it most.

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