This article is to let you know about WCHI’s upcoming WCHI programs & how you can help us support our community.
WCHI CASH BINGO: Sunday, November 6th at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 4 S. 5th St., Coplay. Doors open at 1 pm Calling starts at 2 pm. Please bring an item for our Food Pantry! We need cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, & instant potatoes! For more info, call/text Liz Rogers 484-274-6687
FREE COMMNITY MEALS: WCHI and the Faith Based Community are proud to provide these FREE meals to low-income Whitehall-Coplay households twice a month through 2023. The host locations change every time. 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 1st 100 guests. Once the meals are distributed, the doors will close, and a sign will be posted on the door. For more info, call Karen 610-730-3184
• Sunday, November 6th, St Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave, Whitehall, 610-266-0695
• Tuesday, November 15th, First Presbyterian of Hokendauqua, 3005 S. Front St., Whitehall, 610-264-9693
• Sunday, December 4th, Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley (MALV), 1988 Schadt Ave., Whitehall,703-346-8698
• Tuesday, December 20th, Whitehall Bible Fellowship Church, 3300 7th St., Whitehall, 610-434-8661
WCHI FOODS PANTRY: In October we served 232 households consisting of 382 adults, 318 children, and 174 Seniors (age 60+) for a total of 874 people. We provide enough food for each person to prepare 5 meals a month. For October, this totaled 4,370 meals. We are here to help low-income Whitehall and Coplay residents especially in these hard times. To schedule an appointment for November 10th or 17th, please call 484-225-0358.
This year, GIVING TUESDAY, will fall on November 29, 2022. This global giving day takes place each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Following the consumer-driven holidays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday encourages communities to do good and ushers in the charitable giving season.
MONETARY DONATIONS: are appreciated and can be made payable to the Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative, C/O Shari Noctor, 1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, PA 18052. Please go www.tinyurl.com/WCHIprograms to review all the programs we currently offer. Please put in the memo section where you want your monetary donation applied. The Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative is a 501(c) (3) IRS approved nonprofit organization and your donation may be tax deductible
TOILETRY DONATIONS: We always need: Baby and Adult Diapers, Feminine Products, Shampoo & Conditioner, Soap, Tissues, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, and Toilet Paper. Federal Government programs such as SNAP and WIC, do not allow the funds for these programs to purchase toiletry items just food. Second Harvest Food Bank, where we get 85% of our food also cannot purchase toiletries. For low-income residents, toiletries are very expensive. And the lack of certain items also can create some health issues i.e. baby diapers and feminine products in use too long before they are changed causes some infections. See below in Food Donations where the toiletries can be shipped or dropped off.
FOOD DONATIONS: are appreciated and may be shipped c/o Shai Noctor or dropped off at RE/MAX Unlimited Real Estate, 1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, PA 18052. Please leave your food donations inside the foyer on the right, Monday through Friday 9AM- 5PM, Saturday 9AM-1PM & Sunday 10AM-1PM. We need cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, and instant mashed potatoes. Please go to https://tinyurl.com/WCHIPantryList for a complete list of both food and toiletry needed items.
Food/Toiletry Drives: Individuals, Businesses, School Clubs, and Faith Based Organizations have all done drives for us. If you are Interested in doing one, please go to https://tinyurl.com/WCHIdrive
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Thank you to everyone in our generous community for your continued support.
I wanted to write an article on VOLUNTEERING since this is so important for a community. Many people have time and talents they can offer.
WCHI is 100% volunteer. We have 64 dedicated, selfless volunteers who really enjoy working with each other and helping our low-income residents obtain one of life’s necessities– FOOD. Without our Volunteers, WCHI could never fulfill our mission of alleviating food insecurity in Whitehall and Coplay. A huge THANK YOU is extended to EVERONE who helps WCHI. Due to increasing food, gas, rent, childcare, & medicine costs, WCHI had our largest Pantry turnout in September Feeding 887 residents. October is not finished yet, but our pantry distribution was just as busy. WCHI can always use more volunteers. Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/WCHIvolunteer
I found this Benefits of Community Service article from Western Connecticut State University and wanted to share some of it with you https://tinyurl.com/9wsz5utf They use the word VOLUNTEERING numerous times. To save character space in this article, I will use (V).
“#1: (V) connects you to others - One of the better-known benefits of (V) is the impact on the community. Unpaid (V) are often the glue that holds a community together. (V) allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people in need. And (V) is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.
One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. (V) is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. (V) also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.
(V) increases your social and relationship skills. While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. (V) gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests. Once you have momentum, it’s easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts.
#2: (V) provides many benefits to both mental and physical health. (V) can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.
(V) combats depression. Reducing the risk of depression is another important benefit of (V). A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. (V) keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times.
(V) helps you stay physically healthy. (V) is good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial in older adults. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants. (V) has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.
#3: (V) brings fun and fulfillment to your life. (V) is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Doing volunteer work, you find meaningful and interesting, can be a relaxing, energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments. (V) also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life.”
I hope you found this article informative and would consider volunteering with WCHI. Have a great week!!
WCHI’s Mission is: To alleviate food insecurity in Whitehall and Coplay. If you, a family member, or friend needs food, please call 484-225-0358 and talk with us. Everyone needs assistance some time in their life. There is no shame in needing food. I always say, NO ONE should ever be hungry in this country. We are here to help you.
Over the summer, WCHI anticipated an increase in the need for food this fall by Whitehall and Coplay low-income residents due to high food, gas, and rent prices. WCHI’s Pantry is open the 2nd and 3rd Thursday of every month from 9:30-1pm and 4:30-7:00pm by appointment. Each household can only attend our Pantry once a month. We consistently add new households every month. And not every registered household attends every month.
In September, we had record attendance. Last Thursday, October 13th, our Pantry was the busiest we have ever been. We served 121 households consisting of 175 children (baby- age 17), 210 adults (age18-59), and 90 seniors (60+) for a total of 475 people. A huge Shout Out THANK YOU is extended to each one of our dedicated volunteers. They worked non-stop all day that very rainy day.
Our second food distribution is this Thursday, October 20th. We are also expecting another day of record attendance. We have all our reservation time slots scheduled for the entire day. Note: WCHI does not turn anyone away who needs food and who meets the mandated financial income limits. A valid driver’s license or picture ID along with proof of residency is required. We sometimes have cancellations due to people’s work schedules changing, new doctor’s appointments, etc. Please call to make schedule an appointment.
We also need to have a Spanish and Arabic interpreter help us at our distributions. If you can help, call 484-225-0358.
I also wanted to thank everyone who has been making food, toiletry, and monetary donations. In preparing for the upcoming holidays, WCHI is collecting the following food items: Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Gravy, Stove Top Stuffing. Can your faith-based organization, civic organization, club, or business also do a food drive for us for these items?
We also could use Canned Pasta such as Chef Boyardee, Beefaroni, Ravioli, Canned soups other than cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, and vegetable, Canned beans – black, lima, lentils, chickpeas, kidney, string beans (anything to make meals with), Condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish), Ground Coffee, Hamburger Helper, Mac and Cheese Boxes, Oatmeal Packets Boxes, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup
1lb Rice bags/boxes; plain or flavored, Rice & Pasta Sides – Such as Knorr Pasta or Rice Packets
Tomato/ Spaghetti Sauce – cans or plastic jars. Additionally, we also in need of feminine pads and liners.
All Donations are appreciated and may be shipped or dropped off at Re/Max Unlimited Real Estate
1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, PA 18052. Please leave your donations inside the foyer on the right, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM- 5PM, Saturday 9AM-1PM & Sunday 10AM-1PM.
Thank you and have a great week!!
I wanted to provide our readers with different food resources available to you in the Lehigh Valley.
WCHI Food Pantry is here to help all low-income residents in Whitehall and Coplay with both our Food Pantry monthly distributions and our new Senior Box Program. This Senior Box Program provides an additional 35 pound of food for eligible Seniors (60+) though our Pantry. To schedule a pantry appointment, call 484-225-0358. For Senior Box info, call Gail 610-351-6412.
WCHI sometimes has dog and cat food available for our pantry guests. The Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley, 860 Broad St, Emmaus also provides dog and cat food. For more info, call 610-421-8014.
For other food Panties in the Lehigh Valley, this link will take you to the list of Pantries who work with Second Harvest Food Bank https://shfblv.org/findfood/
We also work with Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley Their priority is to help homebound residents. 610-691-1030 https://mowglv.org/services/
I wanted to give a little more info on SNAP and WIC. Many people are not aware of these programs.
SNAP The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps Pennsylvanians buy food. People in eligible low-income households can obtain more nutritious diets with SNAP increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets. Those who are eligible receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS Card to make food purchases.
Did you know that many college students are eligible for financial aid to assist with paying for college? Consider SNAP your food aid to help you focus on school and stay healthy. SNAP benefits help increase food budgets, allowing you to afford nutritious options including fruits, vegetables, organic foods, and more. More detailed info is at www.tinyurl.com/3kt2cam4
SNAP income limits have just changed recently to help more people. Please contact either Kathryn Hoffman at 484.821.2406 or Vanessa Morel at 484.821.2405, SNAP Outreach Coordinators, at Second Harvest Food Bank for more information.
WIC The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has helped Pennsylvania families since 1974. WIC helps pregnant women, mothers and caregivers of infants and young children learn about good nutrition to keep themselves and their families healthy. It provides nutrition services, breastfeeding support, health care and social service referrals and healthy foods to eligible participants. Lehigh County: 1-866-942-8463 Northampton County: 1-866-942-8463
For other food resources, please go to the Lehigh Valley Food Policy website
There are many food resources available here in the Lehigh Valley. I wanted to provide awareness and information about them. Please utilize them, if needed, and share this info with others.
Have a great week.
This article is on some of our WCHI Programs- Cash Bingo, Free Community Meals, Choice Food Pantry, and Senior Boxes. A huge thank you goes out to all our dedicated volunteers who make all our Programs run effortlessly.
CASH BINGO - This Sunday, October 9th, WCHI will be hosting a cash bingo at St Peter Roman Catholic Church, 4 S. 5th St, Coplay. Bingo will also be held on November 6th (1st Sunday). There is no bingo in December. We will start up again on January 15th. Doors will open at 1pm and bingo starts at 2pm. St Peter’s kitchen will be open with fabulous food available for purchase. Please bring a food item for our Food Pantry. List of needed items are at the end of this article.
The $15 entry fee buys you 2 bingo boards with four games. Each additional board is $1 each and a pack of 5 paper specials are $5. We play 15 board games and 5 paper specials. Bingo chips and dabbers are available for purchase. For more info, call Liz Rodgers, Program Chair, 484-274-6687
FREE COMMUNITY MEALS – WCHI will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at 11 am at our Pantry, 3024 S Ruch St, Whitehall for faith-based organization and other businesses who wish to host a free community meal in 2023. The meals are held the 1st Sunday and the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4:00-6:30pm and are guaranteed for the 1st 100 guests.
The host site decides on the food they wish to serve, provides the food, prepares, and serves the meal. Prior to Covid, all the meals were served inside the host location. We are starting to get back to inside sit-down meals, though take-out meals are up to the individual host site.
WCHI has been providing these free meals since 2015. Our low-income community looks forward to these meals for both a hot, delicious meal, but more importantly, for the socialization of meeting with new and old friends. We serve all age groups. FYI, many seniors get dressed up and view these meals as a special night out.
Thank you to both the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley (MALV) who hosted a meal on Sunday, October 2nd and to Redeemed Christian Church of God, 5 N 3rd St, Coplay who will hosting the next one on Tuesday, October 18th. For more info, call Karen Haberern, Program Chair, 610-730-3184
CHOICE FOOD PANTRY –We are located at St John the Baptist Church Complex, in the Christ the King School, 3024 S Ruch St, Whitehall. Our Pantry is open on both the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 9:30am-1pm and from 4:30-7pm. This is by appointment only and we close promptly at 1pm and 7pm. Income limits apply and proof of residency is required. Call 484-225-0358 for more info and to schedule your October appointment.
SENIOR BOXES – are available to our Pantry guests (age 60+) who qualify for an additional 35-pound food box, which includes: non-fat dry and shelf-stable fluid milk, juice, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, dry beans, peanut butter, canned meat, poultry, or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables. Income limits are lower than Pantry food limits. If you financially qualify for a Senior Box, the paperwork will be completed during your Pantry visit. Once you are approved for the program, your Senior Box will be delivered to your home the following month. For more info, call Gail, Program Chair, 610-351-6412.
NEEDED PANTRY FOOD ITEMS - Canned pasta such as Chef Boyardee, Beefaroni, Ravioli; Canned soups other than cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, and vegetable; Canned beans – black, lima, lentils, chickpeas, kidney, string beans (anything to make meals with); Condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish); Ground Coffee, Hamburger Helper, Mac and Cheese Boxes, Oatmeal Packets Boxes, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, 1lb Rice bags/boxes plain or flavored, Rice & Pasta Sides – Such as Knorr Pasta or Rice Packets, Tomato/ Spaghetti Sauce – cans or plastic jars. We are also starting to collect food items for Thanksgiving: Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, and Stove Top Stuffing.
All product and monetary donations are appreciated and may be dropped off, mailed, or shipped to WCHI c/o Shari Noctor at Re/Max Unlimited Real Estate, 1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, PA 18052. Office is open M-F 8:30-5, Sat 9-1 and Sun 10-1. Thank you and have a great week!!
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast PA (SHFB) provides WCHI with most of the food that we serve our Pantry guests. From 1/1/22-9/24/22, SHFB has provided WCHI with 107,126 pounds of food including dry and canned goods, refrigerator and freezer items, and fresh produce. Unfortunately, there have been many supply chain issues and food prices continue to rise. SHFB is not a grocery store, their inventory changes, and we don’t always have items we would like to give our guests.
The rest of our Pantry food comes from the public’s generous monetary & food donations. Local faith-based organizations, school clubs, and businesses host food drives for us https://tinyurl.com/WCHIdrive I am asking everyone to please continue providing WCHI with your support.
The WCHI Pantry is currently in need of several types of dry pasta except for elbow macaroni; canned pasta such as Chef Boyardee, Beefaroni, ravioli; hamburger helper; boxes of mac & cheese; 1lb Rice bags/boxes; plain or flavored, Rice & Pasta Sides – Such as Knorr Pasta or Rice Packets, canned or plastic jars of Tomato/ Spaghetti Sauce; canned soups other than cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, and vegetable; any kind of canned beans – black, lima, lentils, chickpeas, kidney, string beans (anything to make meals with); condiments i.e. ketchup, mustard, relish; boxes of cereal, pancake mix, pancake syrup, boxes of oatmeal packets; and ground coffee. We are also starting to collect food items for Thanksgiving: Stove Top Stuffing, Boxed Mashed Potatoes, and Cranberry Sauce. The food items can be store brands.
All Donations are appreciated. Food may be shipped to or dropped off at, Re/Max Unlimited Real Estate
1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, PA 18052. Please leave your donations inside the foyer on the right side, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM- 5PM, Saturday 9AM-1PM & Sunday 10AM-1PM. Monetary donations can be mailed to the address above payable to WCHI or Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative.
I like to support Second Harvest as they support WCHI. The following is on SHFB’s annual fundraiser, Empty Bowls, which my husband and I have attended many times. I hope you will participate and join us at this year’s event on October 22, 2022 from 6-9 pm in Second Harvest’s Food Warehouse, 6969 Silver Crest Rd, Nazareth (1 mile east at the light at Phillips Feed store on Rte. 512 before you enter Bath).
Second Harvest Food Bank works to end food insecurity by providing nutritious food to its community, offering nutrition education, advocating to end food insecurity, dismantling barriers to create access and working to attain food justice. Second Harvest distributes food to six counties across Pennsylvania: Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne. Second Harvest is a proud program of Community Action Lehigh Valley.
Empty Bowls gives community members the opportunity to enjoy a night out all while experiencing the magnitude of their warehouse and learning about the critical work they do to feed families. 6:00 pm Reception with open bar and hors d’oeuvres; 7:30 pm Dinner catered by Sodexo; 7:45 pm Award presentations.
This year’s goal is to raise $100,000 to aid in the fight to end food insecurity in the communities they serve. It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year! Empty Bowls features live music, delectable food, a silent and live auction, and the opportunity for you to support the work they do at Second Harvest.
There are sponsorship opportunities available. If interested, please contact Nicole Folino at 484.821.2401 or firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsorships come with ticket entry to the event or tickets may be purchased separately here: https://tinyurl.com/45bnw3au
Thank you and have a great week!!
The mission of the Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative from day one has been to alleviate food insecurity in Whitehall and Coplay. We are doing our best to help low-income residents by offering several programs: our Choice Food Pantry, Senior Boxes, our Children’s Food Program, and our Free Community Meals. The following explains the highlights of each of the programs. For more in-depth info, please call
CHOICE FOOD PANTRY: We are located at St John the Baptist Church Complex, in the Christ the King School, 3024 S Ruch St, Whitehall. Our Pantry is open on both the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 9:30am-1pm and from 4:30-7pm. This is by appointment only and we close promptly at 1pm and 7pm. Income limits apply and proof of residency is required. Call 484-225-0358 today to schedule your October appointment. The table below summarizes the recent Pantry attendance.
WCHI Food Pantry Attendance
WCHI is now offering SENIOR BOXES to our Pantry guests (age 60+) who may also qualify for an additional 35-pound food box, which includes: non-fat dry and shelf-stable fluid milk, juice, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, dry beans, peanut butter, canned meat, poultry, or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables. Income limits are lower than Pantry food limits. If you financially qualify for a Senior Box, the paperwork will be completed during your Pantry visit. Once you are approved for the program, your Senior Boxes will be delivered to your home monthly.
CHILDREN’S FOOD PROGRAM: WCHI was administrating the Snack Pack Pal program with the Whitehall-Coplay School District for a few years. We obtained the shelf stable food, packed 157 bags, and then delivered them to the school for distribution to each of the school buildings. A Snack Pack Pal bag provided additional food for the child for long weekends when school was closed. Some children were not taking the shelf stable bags of food we packed and delivered to the school. We found out they either didn’t like the food we provided and/or there was the food insecurity stigma. We also noticed we were feeding many more children monthly through our Pantry.
At our monthly pantry distributions, we are now going to provide more food specifically for Children. The parents select the food items so we know they will eat the food and there is no stigma at our Pantry. This is a win-win for the children. We have renamed the “Snack Pack Pal Program” the “Children’s Food Program” and have all the donated funds in this new account. We no longer are providing Snack Pack Pals to the School District. For those parents who have not attended our Pantry, please schedule your appointment today. See paragraph two above.
FREE COMMUNITY MEALS: WCHI and the Faith-Based Community are proud to provide these FREE
meals to low-income Whitehall-Coplay residents twice a month. All are welcome to attend both meals on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Tuesday each month from 4:00-6:30 pm. Meals are guaranteed for the first 100 guests. Once the meals have been given out, the doors will be closed. A note will be posted that the meals are all finished, and this may be well before 6:30pm. Each site location will state if this is an inside or outside “Drop & Go” pick up distribution or if it is a dine-in meal. WCHI will post site requirements on Facebook for each meal a few days before.
Below is our October schedule:
Sunday, Oct 2, Muslim Assoc of the Lehigh Valley (MALV), 1988 Schadt Ave., Whitehall 703-346-8698 Tuesday, Oct 18, Redeemed Christian Church of God, 5 N. 3rd St., Coplay 610-262-8993
Our Free Community Meals are scheduled through December 2022. A meeting will be held on October 18th at our Pantry at 11 am with the faith-based Community to schedule the 2023 meals.
Please call 484-225-0358 with questions on anything above. Have a great week!!
You know I always write about food safety for our warm National Holidays. I want to make sure you have a relaxing Labor Day weekend and do not become sick because of something easily avoidable. This info comes directly from Food Safety Training & Certification: Food Safety for Your Labor Day Party. https://tinyurl.com/hu84je26
“Summer’s almost over and it’s time to plan for one last long weekend party. Grill masters, make sure you don’t forget your food safety practices before firing up the grill one last time for the season and avoid food illness. But remember, it’s still warm – so that presents increased food safety dangers. Bacteria multiply faster at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, which makes the basics of food safety especially important. Savor the end of summer with good food and friends – and not a foodborne illness.
Labor Day is a U.S. national holiday held on the first Monday of September and pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. For most though, it marks the last weekend to enjoy summer and the start of the new school year.
So, if you’re rolling out the grill for the last weekend of the summer, be sure to also roll out your grilling food safety principles and procedures when cooking outdoors.
Clean: It seems basic, but not everyone does it. Wash hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom and before cooking or eating. If you’re in an outdoor setting with no bathroom, use a water jug, some soap, and paper towels. Consider carrying moist disposable towelettes for cleaning your hands.
Separate: Keep raw food separate from cooked food. Don’t use a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, or seafood for anything else unless the plate has first been washed in hot, soapy water. Keep utensils and surfaces clean.
Marinate food in the refrigerator, not out on the counter. And if you want to use some of the marinade as a sauce on the cooked food, reserve a separate portion. Don’t reuse marinade that contained raw meat.
Cook food thoroughly: To kill any harmful bacteria that may be present, use a food thermometer. Color alone does not guarantee safe food because food browns very fast. The only way to know whether meat is grilled to a safe internal temperature is to insert a food thermometer into the center of the food.
Grilling Like a PRO: P = Place the thermometer in the center of the food on the grill to record an internal temperature. R = Read the temperature. Safe temperatures are Hamburgers, ground meats – 160° F; Chicken, poultry – 165–180° F; Medium-rare steak – 145° F; Medium steak – 160° F; Well-done steak – 170° F; Reheating cooked meats (e.g., hot dogs) – 165° F (or until steaming hot). O = Off the grill. Place the cooked food a clean plate
Chill: Refrigerate and freeze food promptly. It can be hard to remember while a party is going on, but food should not be left out of the cooler or off the grill for more than two hours. Never leave food out for more than one hour when the temperature is above 90°F.
Keep food covered when you’re not eating it to prevent insects from making a snack of your meal. Bugs pick up germs on their feet and bodies and then deposit those germs wherever they land. If you see an insect crawling on your food, throw that piece away.”
I hope you found this information interesting and useful. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR CASH BINGO – WCHI will be offering cash bingo at St Peter Roman Catholic Church, 4 S. 5th St, Coplay on September 11th, October 9th, and November 6th (1st Sunday). There is no bingo in December. We will start up again on January 15th. Doors will open at 1pm and bingo starts at 2pm. St Peter’s kitchen will be open with fabulous food available for purchase. Please bring a food item for Snack Pack Pals or for our Food Pantry
Children are allowed to play if accompanied by an adult. $15 entry fee buys you 2 bingo boards with four games. Each additional board is $1 each and a pack of 5 paper specials are $5. We play 15 board games and 5 paper specials. Bingo chips and dabbers are available for purchase on site and through Jackpot Amusements, 5827 Colony Dr, Bethlehem 610-837-9240 or Amazon.com Questions and reservations, please call Liz Rodgers, Program Chair, 484-274-6687.
FREE COMMUNITY MEALS - WCHI and our Faith-Based Community Partners are proud to provide these FREE meals to low-income Whitehall-Coplay households twice a month. 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. Once the meals have been all given out, which may be before 6:30, the doors will be closed. A sign will be place on the door stating the meals are finished for the day. Each site location will state if this is an inside dine-in meal, an outside “Drop and Go” pick up meal, or both. We will post site requirements on Facebook and Instagram for each meal. The host location changes every time.
These are WCHI’s September meal dates and locations:
Sunday, September 4th Muslim Association of the LV (MALV), 1988 Schadt Ave, Whitehall 703-346-8698
Tuesday, September 20th Whitehall Bible Fellowship Church, 3300 7th St, Whitehall 610-434-8661
Please talk with your Whitehall and Coplay faith-based parish pastor, secretary, and council members to discuss at their September meetings what dates they would like to host one or more meals for 2023. New churches or other organizations who want to host a meal for WCHI are encouraged to participate. WCHI will hold a meeting in October with those representatives at our food pantry to solidify the 2023 Free Community Meal schedule. Questions about hosting a meal or a guest wanting more info, please contact Karen Haberern, Program Chair, at 610-730-3184.
WCHI GARDEN AT MICKLEY-PRYDUN FARM – You can see our garden from the Ironton Rail Trail between Center and Lehigh Steets. Our garden has been planted, cultivated, watered, and weeded by dedicated WCHI volunteers. They grew tomatoes, sweet peppers, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, carrots, and cucumbers. They also planted sunflowers and zinnias to attract bees to pollinate the plants. These fresh vegetables were given to the children during our Children’s Summer Feeding Program which ended on August 24th.
The remaining produce mentioned above and the new fall crop that will be planted includes cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, leaks, acorn squash, and hot peppers will be given to our Pantry guests throughout the October growing season, while supplies last.
A huge THANK YOU also goes out to the Hokey Fire Department who has brought water to fill our water bins during the growing season. To find out how you can volunteer with WCHI’s garden, please call Gwen Herzog, Program Chair, 610-379-6823.
WCHI PANTRY ITEMS NEEDED - Canned pasta, ketchup, mustard, relish, cereal, canned tuna fish, and any kind of dry pasta. These items can be dropped off in my office foyer or shipped to Shari Noctor at Re/Max Unlimited, 1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall PA 18052. Office is open M-F 8:30-5, Sat 9-1 and Sun 10-1.
Thank you and have a great week!!
Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative is proud to offer the “Senior Food Box Program” though our Food Pantry. We started registering our Pantry guests who financially qualified at the August 11th Food Pantry distribution. This went well last week, and we will register again on August 18th. Registrations will be ongoing for those that qualify. More on qualifications further down in the article. The Senior Box food is in addition to the Pantry food provided by WCHI.
This paragraph is on how the Senior Boxes become available. The Senior Food Box Program is supported through USDA's Commodity Supplemental Food Program. The USDA purchases the food and makes it available to the Department of Agriculture. The program is administered on behalf of the Department of Agriculture by Hunger-Free Pennsylvania (HFP) through their network of 17 food banks, including Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) serving all 67 counties. Hunger-Free Pennsylvania is the single largest provider of meals to older Pennsylvanians through the PA Senior Food Box Program. SHFB offered this program to WCHI.
HFP mentions that Food insecurity among seniors contributes to malnutrition, which exacerbates disease, increases disability, decreases resistance to infection and extends hospital stays. Malnutrition increases care-giving demands and inflates health-care expenditures associated with premature or extended hospital or nursing home stays.
The Senior Food Box Program works to improve the health of low-income seniors by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. The senior food boxes do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of older Americans. Usually included in the 35-pound food box is: non-fat dry and shelf-stable fluid milk, juice, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, dry beans, peanut butter, canned meat, poultry, or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables.
As of April 1, 2021, the PA Senior Food Box Program (formerly the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, aka CSFP) no longer requires proof of income in Pennsylvania. Qualifying seniors include low-income individuals who are at least 60 years old and whose household income is at or below 130 percent of the U.S. poverty level.
The senior box income guidelines are much lower than the Pantry income guidelines. The income guidelines include all the income for all the people living in the household. For example, a household size of 1 person can have income of $17,667 to qualify for a senior box compared to $25,142 to qualify for Pantry food. In a four-person household, the maximum income for all four people must be at or below $36,075 for the senior(s) to receive a box. If there are two or more seniors living in the household and the total income is at or below the limit, each senior can have a box if they want it, but each person must fill out a separate form and everyone living in the household must be named along with their birthdates. Proof of the senior’s age is a requirement. This would be on a driver’s license. No worries if the senior does not drive. We still can qualify them.
Hunger PA has a grant to partner with Door Dash and member food banks to deliver senior boxes. Second Harvest has selected WCHI to be part of this Door Dash program. Once we have our guests signed up, there will be one scheduled day a month and a 2-hour time frame, that the senior will be aware of, that the Senior Boxes will be delivered to the senior’s front door. We are hoping to debut this feature in October.
WCHI is committed to helping as many low-income Whitehall and Coplay residents as possible in our area that qualify both for the Pantry and the Senior Box Program. We also include homebound and mobility impaired residents. Please spread the word through your faith-based bulletins, and by telling your family, friends, and neighbors.
More info on the Senior Boxes to come in a future article. In the meantime, please tell low-income Whitehall-Coplay seniors to call to register with our Pantry. And if financially qualified for a Senior Box, the 35-pound Senior Box of food will be delivered to their door. Questions on the program, please call Gail, WCHI Senior Box Chair, at 484-951-8447.
WCHI Pantry can use any kind of pasta. Please ship or drop to my office at 1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, PA 18052.
Thank you and have a great week!!