Community Outreach



Food Pantry:  Messiah Lutheran Church has a small food pantry in the church office which provides non-perishable food items to anyone in need.  If you would like to provide some food, donations can be dropped off in the bin in the elevator alcove whenever the church is open, or taken directly to the church office. Examples of items we collect include: canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned beans (all kinds, but especially baked beans), boxed macaroni and cheese, mashed potato packets, canned soups (primarily chicken noodle, tomato, and cream of mushroom), rice, pasta, egg noodles, canned tuna, canned chicken breast, breakfast foods (i.e., oatmeal packets, boxed cereal, PopTarts, etc.), granola bars, microwave popcorn, tea bags, instant hot cocoa packets, dessert mixes (Jello, brownies, etc.), packaged cookies, and pudding cups. Monetary donations are always welcome and can be sent to the church office.  If you are in need of food, it is appreciated if you call ahead to the church office to arrange a time for pick-up.

Mounties Backpack Program:  Messiah Lutheran Church supports families in the South Williamsport Area School District by participating in Feeding America’s Backpack Program. Backpack food programs offer families free groceries for weekends and school breaks. Food backpacks include healthy, easy-to-prepare food for kid-friendly meals.

Feeding America member food banks partner with schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and community centers to distribute backpacks to kids. To learn more about the Backpack Program, visit this link:

Volunteers are always needed to help pack the food and to deliver the backpacks to the schools on Fridays or the day before a school break. Monetary donations are also welcome.  Contact the church office if you wish to help.

Shepherd of the Streets is in need of the following items:  baby items (shampoo, powder, lotion, soap, diapers of all sizes); regular sizes (not sample sizes) of deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, and shaving cream; toothbrushes (adult and child); disposable razors; new combs; bar soap.  Please place items in the appropriately marked bin in the elevator alcove.  Monetary donations will also be accepted by Shepherd of the Streets.

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Shepherd of the Streets is just one of the ministries supported by United Churches of Lycoming County.  For more information about United Churches of Lycoming County, visit their web site at