Shari's Update - 10/16/2022
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!!
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