A couple times a year, I write about being kind to others. A simple smile, holding a door open for someone, or calling someone just to say hello, uplifts the human spirit and makes their day. These are small acts of kindness that we all can do every day.
WCHI has been so blessed with fantastic volunteers, great monetary and food donors, and a very compassionate community who work together to alleviate hunger in Whitehall and Coplay. My quote is always “Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative is making a difference in people’s lives.” Our community is helping our community and everyone involved with our programs have been touched in one way or another. Volunteers give their time and talents; donors give their treasures; and our guests gives us smiles, tears, and thankfulness that people truly care about them. Everyone needs help in their lives at one time or another. Thank you all for your part in helping residents in our community.
I gave you my quote and wanted to see what other quotes may be available to share. I found the following on the internet a couple years ago from Reader’s Digest “50 Powerful Kindness Quotes That Will Stay With You” and wanted to share some of them with you. I just googled the article again and it is now up to 60 quotes. I am sure you have some of your own favorites.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead.
“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” —Jackie Chan.
“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” —Barbara De Angelis.
“You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” —Andrew Iskander.
“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” —Charles Glassman.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” —The 14th Dalai Lama.
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” —Mark Twain.
“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” —Bob Kerrey.
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” —Princess Diana.
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” —Mother Teresa.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” —Desmond Tutu.
What small act of kindness can you do to make a difference in someone’s life today? Have a great week!!
WCHI has been selected through Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley to be one of three Lehigh County Healthy Panty Initiatives (HPI), which is a project of Feeding PA in partnership with the PA Department of Health. The goal of PA HPI is to increase access to healthy foods and beverages and chronic disease information to food pantry clients. The initiative also aims to support pantry guests in increasing their consumption of healthy foods by highlighting the healthy choices within the food pantries. At our Pantry, this is done with colorful notecards attached close to the healthier food choices.
Our Pantry provides food, when possible, that are recommended by USDA https://www.myplate.gov/ This info below is from MyPlate and focuses on five food groups – Fruit, Vegetables, Grains, Protein, and Dairy. To ensure a healthy diet, it is important to eat a variety of foods from each of these food groups.
Half of your plate should be made up of FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. Eat many different colors of fruits and vegetables each day. For a 2,000-calorie food plan, eat 2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit daily. One cup is equal to 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables; 1 cup of raw fruit; 1 medium-sized orange, apple, or banana; 1 cup of 100% fruit or vegetable juice; 2 cups of raw leafy greens, such as lettuce spinach, or kale; or ½ cup dry fruit. WCHI provide several canned vegetables and fruits to choose from. Though inventory changes for all our products mentioned here and throughout this article, we have provided canned applesauce, diced pears, sliced peaches, fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, and mango chunks. Canned vegetables include green beans, sliced carrots, spinach, diced tomato, corn, peas, and sliced potatoes. We also provide fresh produce boxes at every food distribution, when available, for our guests. The June 9th box included 2 lbs. of onions, 6-7 sweet potatoes, carrots, and a pineapple or cantaloupe.
One fourth of your plate should be GRAINS. Make at least half the grains you eat each day whole grains. For a 2,000-calorie daily food plan, eat 6 oz of grains daily. One ounce is equal to: 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of cereal, or ½ cup cooked rice, cereal, or pasta. WCHI provides elbow macaroni, wheat spaghetti, couscous, cornbread mix, pancake mix, instant oatmeal, and corn flakes.
One fourth of you plate should be PROTEIN. Eat a wide variety of protein foods, including meat, poultry, eggs, beans, nuts, and tofu. For a 2,000-calorie daily food plan, eat 5.5 oz of protein every day. 1 oz is equal to 1 oz meat, poultry, or fish, ¼ C cooked beans, 1 egg, ½ oz nuts or seeds, or 1 tbsp peanut butter. WCHI provides canned tuna, chicken, salmon, lentils, chickpeas and black beans, peanut butter, dried nut and fruit packages, frozen ground beef and frozen tilapia fish.
DAIRY- Drink fat free or low fat (1%) MILK. Eat or drink dairy as a side to meals. For a 2,000-calorie food plan, eat or drink 3 cups of dairy every day. One cup is equal to: 1 C milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, or soy milk (soy beverage); 2 oz processed cheese, and 1.5 oz natural cheese. WCHI provides quarts and half gallons of milk, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and yogurt when available.
WCHI also provides other foods including 1. Ready to Eat Foods -beef stew, mac & cheese, tomato, vegetable and creamed soups, and spaghetti sauce. 2. Snacks – fruit/nut, raisins, and cookies 3. Condiments- grape jelly, low sodium beef broth, and pork base.
We also provide baby food, toilet paper and tissues, and other toiletries as available, such as shampoo conditioner, toothpaste, adult and baby diapers etc.
WCHI tries to provide a great variety of food for our low-income Whitehall and Coplay guests to provide just three days of food (9 meals) for each household member per month. Amounts given out varies by household size and are based on PA Dept of Agriculture’s The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). WCHI food is only a supplement to help our guests get through the month. For May we served 357 adults, 351 children, 151 seniors for a total of 859 people living in 236 households. WCHI provided food to prepare 7,731 meals in May.
A HUGE SHOUT OUT THANK YOU goes to Second Harvest Food Bank; Lehigh County Commissioners and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown for both approving Grants for WCHI; and to local citizens, community groups, and businesses for providing both food products and monetary donations to obtain what we need to help Whitehall and Coplay residents.
Have a wonderful week!!
WCHI is extremely excited to provide our 2nd Children’s Summer Feeding Program (CSFP) for the summer season. This program is strictly for the household children (a baby though age 18) of Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough Low Income Residents.
The CSFP will provide a bag of food for each child in the household attending every Monday and Wednesday starting on Wednesday, June 15th ending on Wednesday, August 24th from 10-11am at an outside distribution location closest to their home at one of these four sites:
• Redeemed Christian Church of God, 5 N 3rd St, Coplay
• Maryland Circle Apartments, 1 Maryland Circle, Whitehall
• Mickley Run Apartments, Whitehall, Parking lot closest to the 350 building off Overlook Rd
• St John’s Lutheran Church, 835 N 3rd St, Whitehall
Please register at the site closest to your home. Registration occurs throughout the summer. Once registered, the children or parent may pick up the food and the household will be checked off on our forms that they received food each day they attend.
Please note: if the parent or guardian is working during the Monday and Wednesday 10-11am food distribution, WCHI will accommodate you by both registering you and providing you food at our Whitehall Food Pantry Location, 3024 S Ruch St, Whitehall in the parking lot by our shed on Wednesday evenings 6-7pm throughout the 11-week program. This also starts on Wednesday, June 15th. The pickup does end promptly at 7pm.
This Children’s Summer Feeding Program is made possible from a Federal Community Development Block Grant – CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Program application submitted by WCHI to Lehigh County and approved by the Lehigh County Commissioners. A huge THANK YOU is extended to everyone involved with making this grant approval happen for WCHI. We help feed so many children over the summer!!
Since this is a Federally Funded Program, there are federal income limit requirements for registration. To register, a valid driver’s license or current utility bill is required showing you live in Whitehall or Coplay. The parent or guardian must register the children. Based on the household size, the government form has income limits. NO proof of income is required, but by signing the form, the parent or guardian verifies that they are at or below the stated income limits based on their household size.
This year’s CSFP highlights include providing shelf stable food for 5 breakfast and 5 lunches. This will be a drop and go food distribution. On Mondays every child will receive shelf stable food for a breakfast and a lunch for Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, each child will receive shelf stable food for a breakfast and lunch for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. WCHI will also provide the children with: Free books all summer; Christmas in July presents; and Free filled Backpacks for school in August. The presents are provided by Stephen Parrish of Edward Jones Investments, Whitehall, and donations he received from his clients The backpacks are provided by the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley. Attendance is required throughout the summer to receive the food, books, presents, and back packs.
Questions, please call Sue Butchinski, Children’s Summer Feeding Program Chair, 484-767-6022
Have a great week!!