The First United Methodist Church at the corner of Duke and Walnut streets in Lancaster recently celebrated its second anniversary of hosting the Anchorage Breakfast.
The Anchorage Breakfast Program, located at First United Methodist Church (FUMC), serves free breakfast to over 120 people a day every Monday through Friday, 52 weeks per year to Lancaster’s low income, unsheltered, and socially-excluded populations, and to any and all who are hungry. Breakfast is served from 8:30-9:45 a.m. each day with a regular menu of juice, milk, cereal, eggs, toast, a hot beverage, and fruit.
The Anchorage Breakfast Program, previously located at Saint James Episcopal Church, transitioned to First United Methodist in August of 2016. In its first year at FUMC, Anchorage served 33,603 breakfasts, or an average of 129 people a day. By the end of 2017, the program had scaled up to serving an average of 4,000 meals per month.
Besides providing good food and a place to eat, the staff and volunteers have created a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere for people of all ages. Service providers often set up at the daily meal to offer those in need options for referrals in the areas of housing, mental health programs, drug and alcohol services and nutrition.
The Anchorage Breakfast Program has been a mainstay in Lancaster for decades. Thanks to the dedicated and purposeful staff and volunteers at the First United Methodist Church, it appears that the program, and those who benefit from it, are in good hands.