WCHI Food Pantry
The Pantry serves low-income Whitehall and Coplay residents and is located at St. John the Baptist Church, 3024 S. Ruch St, Whitehall. Our next food distributions will take place on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:30-7PM and Thursday, April 14th from 11AM-1PM. We currently provide outside “drop and go” bags to Whitehall and Coplay residents in the Church parking lot. ID is required (driver’s license or current utility bill). Income limits apply - you just tell us your yearly, monthly, or weekly gross income (before taxes) and sign a self-declaration government form. Please note that there is no smoking on church property. If you are in need of food but are not a Whitehall or Coplay resident or do not have transportation, please call 484-225-0358.
We are hosting our monthly Bingos to raise money for our programs on Sunday, April 10th. Doors open at 1pm at our new location at St. Peter Church, 4 South 5th Street, Coplay. Calling starts at 2pm. $15 entry fee buys you 2 bingo boards with four games. Each additional board is $1 each and a pack of 5 specials are $5. Bingo chips and dabbers are available for purchase. Masks are required unless you are on oxygen. Food is also available for purchase. Contact Liz Rodgers 484-274-6687 with any questions.
PA Senior Food Box Program
WCHI will be starting this program later this spring due to getting all our Seniors registered. With the federal program, there are income guidelines based on the number of people in the household.
The PA Senior Food Box Program is a federally funded program that provides a monthly box of nutritious food to help low income seniors 60 years of age or older. The boxes are provided through Second Harvest Food Bank and are distributed through partner Food Pantries. A resident may only obtain one monthly box from only one Food Pantry. A computer program is in place with Second Harvest and all the eligible Food Pantries so that the Senior can only receive one box at only one Pantry.
The 30 pound food box includes: six cans of vegetables, three cans of fruit, one bottle of juice, three peanut butter or beans, two cereals, two pounds of pasta or rice, two shelf-stable milk, two meat and one block of cheese. WCHI volunteers will put the box in your car. These boxes are in addition to the monthly food you receive at our Pantry. Eligible Seniors will pick up both at the same time.
Children's Summer Feeding Program
In June 2021, we opened six distribution sites throughout Whitehall and Coplay to provide food twice a week to children in low income households, infant through age 18, while school was closed for the summer. WCHI provided a total 1,504 bags of easy to prepare food for the children, which included 8,377 pounds of shelf stable food to make 7,726 meals and included fresh vegetables from our WCHI Garden. Updated info on the 2022 CSFP will be posted later this year.
WCHI and the Faith-Based Community are proud to provide these FREE meals to low-income Whitehall-Coplay households twice a month through December 2022. The host locations change every time and they will decide if masks are required. All are welcome to attend both meals on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Tuesday each month from 4:00-6:30pm. Meals are guaranteed for the first 100 guests. Each site location will state if this is an inside or outside “Drop and Go” pick up distribution or if it is a dine-in meal. We will post site requirements on Facebook for each meal.
*Sunday, April 3rd -Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3355 MacArthur Rd, Whitehall 18052 - 610-554-3569
*Tuesday, April 19th - To Be Determined
*Sunday, May 1st -St John Lutheran
835 3rd St, Whitehall 18052 - 610-533-1357
*Tuesday, May 17th - Whitehall Bible Fellowship Church
3300 7th St. Whitehall 18052 - 610-434-8661
*Sunday, June 5th - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church
4 South 5th St. Coplay 18037 - 610-262-2417
*Tuesday, June 21st - Redeemed Christian Church of God
5 N 3rd St. Coplay - 610-262-8993
Snack Pack Pals
WCHI fully administers the Snack Pack Pal Program (SPP) with assistance from WCSD and St Elizabeth’s Regional School. The mission is to combat hunger for the most food -insecure students at both schools by providing a pack of kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare meals and snacks to supplement their nutrition over school holidays and long weekends. On average, WCHI provides 157 bags of shelf-stable food to WCSD and 10 bags to St Elizabeth’s monthly.
Mickley Run Outreach Program
This year-round program was launched to provide the “Roseto Story” where neighbors get to know and help their fellow neighbors. Together we all bring a sense of community into the apartment complex. This has been very well-accepted program since starting in June 2020. We help alleviate the food needs of the children, youth, adults, and seniors living in the Mickley Run Apartment Complex. Neighbors will either bring neighbors with them or pick up food from our Food Pantry for those who do not have transportation when they pick up their food.
WCHI Garden at Mickley-Prydun Farm
WCHI leases an acre from the township for the garden to provide vegetables for our Food Pantry and Children’s Summer Feeding Program. Many of you pass by and look over at the garden while walking on the Ironton Rail Trail. The garden, which is located between Lehigh and Center Streets, provided 651 pounds of fresh vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, banana peppers, and zucchini for our programs. Updated info on our garden will be posted later this year.