My apologies, our January 13th Pantry distribution numbers were reported incorrectly last week. We forgot to provide the adults, children, and seniors included in the 41 new households registered that very busy day. We ran non-stop for both the morning and evening distribution. And our volunteers and guests were so glad to have sunny weather even though the temperature was only in the 30’s.
On 1/13/22, WCHI served 218 households, which included 354 adults, 356 children, and 104 seniors for a total of 814 people who received food from us that day. This is a 264% increase from our 1/31/21 opening day distribution when we served 91 households and 308 people.
Many of these new households are coming from several different sources. When we register our guests, we ask them how they learned about the food distribution. They heard from: word of mouth from existing guests; their neighbors, families, and neighbors; saw the info in the Whitehall Township and Coplay Boro newsletters or my weekly article in the Whitehall-Coplay Press; and many come from the Whitehall-Coplay School District’s robo call, texts, and emails sent to low income households registered in the District.
We could not do this large operation without all our volunteers who generously donate their time and talents. Because WCHI’s programs work with children, each of our volunteers must have required State and WCHI clearances, whether or not a specific volunteer actually works directly with a child. WCHI has 65 cleared volunteers with more signing up weekly. Please review our clearances at https://tinyurl.com/WCHIforms If you are interested in helping us with any of our programs, please sign up so we know you are working on them https://tinyurl.com/WCHIvolunteer There are several required clearances and you can do them within a couple of weeks. There is no time limit and you can go at your own pace. Once obtained, the clearances are valid for 5 years. Please contact Sylvia Lee, WCHI’s Volunteer Coordinator with any questions at Volunteerme.Lee@gmail.com
Our Free Community Meals have been very well attended. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 4 South 5th St., Coplay 18037 will host our next meal on Sunday, February 6th. This will be a take-out meal. Questions, please call 610-262-2417.
WCHI and the Faith-Based Community are proud to provide these FREE meals to low-income Whitehall-Coplay residents 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 and doors may be locked if the meals are all given out before 6:30. 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.
WCHI and our guests thank you for telling people about our programs. You are all helping WCHI achieve Our Mission, which is to alleviate food insecurity in Whitehall and Coplay. To learn about our other programs, please see them at https://tinyurl.com/WCHIprograms