Since Covid-19 paved the way for WCHI to ultimately provide a Food Pantry for Whitehall-Coplay residents, I have been thinking about creating an Advisory Board. This is different from our Board of Directors, who help make top-down decisions.
Our Mission is to alleviate food insecurity in Whitehall and Coplay.
The purpose of the WCHI Advisory Board is to help WCHI accomplish our Mission. I want to expand our focus to include different perspectives from a myriad of people that ultimately will help our Pantry guests. And as a group, we will further alleviate food insecurity in Whitehall and Coplay.
I would like this new Advisory Board to consist of pantry guests, a couple of our current Board members, faith-based community members, and any local government, business, & service organizations members. This would be a bottom-up approach to help our guests with Pantry improvements. It also will help WCHI obtain a contact and direct information on established community services: i.e., Meals on Wheels, WIC, Department of Aging, etc. We also need more businesses, housing developments, faith based and service organizations to do more organized Food Drives for us and would love a representative to be on our Advisory Board.
The Advisory Board will consist of 20-30 area members, though there is no minimum or maximum limit. NO State mandated child abuse clearances are required to be a member of this Advisory Board unless you further volunteer with WCHI.
The Advisory Board will have three meetings a year lasting about 90 minutes. Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 17th at 2pm, in our Food Pantry at St John the Baptist Campus in the Christ the King School, at 3024 S Ruch St, Whitehall. (If putting in your GPS, please put in Coplay as the town. Some GPS bring you to our WCHI Garden on the other side of S Ruch St that does not connect to our side of S Ruch). Park in the back parking lot and look for our Pantry signs to come in the side door of the school.
If you have any questions about this Advisory Board, please call me on my personal cell 610-730-8067.
Our next Free Community Meal is on Thursday, October 19th at Redeemed Christian Church of God, 5 N 3rd St, Coplay 610-262-8993. Meals are served from 4-6pm and are while supplies last.
WCHI fed 1,008 residents in September consisting of 266 households, 365 children, 428 adults, and 215 seniors. We had 27 new households consisting of 29 children, 36 adults, and 21 seniors for a total of 86 newly served guests. The 86 people are included in the 1,008 total people served. Not every registered guest comes every month. This is only the total number of households served for September.
Please host a Food Drive for WCHI. We are limited as to what we can obtain from Second Harvest Food Bank. Please advise us that you want to and/or are doing a Food Drive. We are starting to collect items for the holidays. A computer list of what is needed can be found at our website. https://tinyurl.com/yc2vdns3
These are the needed items that are on or website: Boxes of Oatmeal, Boxed Potatoes, Canned Fruit (Low Sugar or Light Fruit Syrup), Canned Corn and Canned Peas, Canned Tuna, Cereal, Condiments (mayo, ketchup, mustard), Macaroni and Cheese, Pancake Mix & Syrup, Pasta (all kinds), Ready to Eat Items (Canned Ravioli, Spaghettios, etc), Rice 1lb bagged (brown or white); All kind of Soups (Including: Creamed, Chicken Noodle, Tomato, Vegetable, etc), Spaghetti Sauce, and Stovetop Stuffing Mix. **All food items above can be store brands. ** All Donations are appreciated and may be shipped to or dropped off at Re/Max Unlimited Real Estate, 1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, PA 18052 M-F 9am 5pm.
Please contact me with anything listed above. Thank you and have a great week!!