Shepherd's Shelf Emergency Food Pantry

2211 Mainland Road

Harleysville, PA 19438

Phone:  215-256-8738


Steph Sharkey, Food Pantry Administrator


Background Information
  • Shepherd's Shelf opened in March 2004 serving 3 families in need. The Shelf now serve approximately 110 households per month.


  • Shepherd's Shelf serves families living in the Souderton Area School District, as well as Kulpsville, Lansdale and Towamencin.


  • Shepherd's Shelf is a Montgomery County Community Action Development Commission (CADCOM) cupboard. Through this relationship, Shepherd's Shelf receives state funding through TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).


  • Individuals and families receive one bag with foods suitable for breakfast/lunch and a second bag with food suitable for dinners. Those that qualify, also receive a bag of USDA surplus food. Milk eggs, cheese, frozem meat, baby food, diapers, paper products and toiletries are also provided when available.


  • Shepherd's Shelf is a member of the Nutrition Coalition - a collaboration of food cupboards serving the North Penn and Indian Valley communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Shepherd's Shelf open?


The Shepherd's Shelf is open on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:30 pm until 8:00pm


How often may clients get food from Shepherd's Shelf?


Clients may come twice a month.


Where does the food come from?

The food comes from donations from the members of Christ Lutheran Church, other local churches, community groups, local food drives, local farms, fraternal organizations and local corporations.

A large portion of the food distributed is purchased from agencies such as Philabundance and regional food wholesalers as well as active relationships with Giant-Harleysville, Freddy Hill Farms, and Alice's Bakery.

During the summer months, the Shepherd's Shelf Sharing Garden provides fresh organic produce grown on Christ Lutheran Church property.

We receive diapers from the Mitzvah Circle Foundation.

When can I drop off food donations?

The Shepherd's Shelf gratefully accepts donations any time that the church office is open. Those hours are normally Monday - Thursday 10am - 2pm. If you are interested in dropping off a larger donation or would like to run a food drive, please contact the Food Pantry administrator at

Who are the people working on distribution nights?


The staff are volunteers from Christ Lutheran Church, other local churches, members of the community, boy scouts and clients


Who manages the overall program?


The Shepherd's Shelf has a leadership team


How can I learn more or volunteer?


To volunteer, sign up with Sign-up Genius, call Christ Lutheran Church at (215) 256-8738, or email the Food Pantry Administrator at

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

          Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

          1400 Independence Avenue, SW

          Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(2)      fax: (202) 690-7442; or


(3)      email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Mission Statement

Responding to our belief that all humanity matters to God, the Shepherd’s Shelf of Christ Lutheran Church seeks to serve all persons of our community who request food assistance with acceptance, love and dignity.  All persons are served without regard to race, religion, national origin, or any other factor. No attempt will ever be made to ask those we serve to confess or adhere to any set of beliefs, nor shall membership in or support of Christ Lutheran Church be a requirement for our services.