One in seven people are food insecure here in the Lehigh Valley. Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative (WCHI) has been blessed to have enough food to feed 1,000 Whitehall and Coplay residents in August and 1,008 residents in September. October’s numbers are not in yet, since we have not finished the month.
From Feeding America, “The USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. This can be a temporary situation for a family or can last a long time. Food insecurity is one way we measure how many people cannot afford food.”
If a household needs food, WCHI follows The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) guidelines, which is operated in accordance with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
Eligibility is based upon the income limits listed on the form. The recipient verifies, based on their household size, that they are at or below the income level indicated on the form to be eligible for program benefits. The income levels are based on yearly, monthly, or weekly gross income before taxes are taken out. WCHI has a chart to show our guests. For weekly income, a household of 2, cannot receive income higher than $519/week; a household of 5-$1,250/week; and a household of 8-$1,799/per week. The income chart has all the different household sizes and income limits. Our guests circle or highlights the line with their household size, verifies their allowable income, and then signs the form.
WCHI needs three things from our community:
Pantry Appointments are Required. Please call 484-225-0358. Guests must show proof of residency with a driver’s license and/or a utility bill or other form of mail coming to their address. We serve guests during their pantry appointment time. If they come early, they need to wait for their appointment time. If they come late, our guest will have to wait for an opening in our WCHI schedule. We are fully booked on both distribution days. We genuinely appreciate our guests arriving at their scheduled appointment time.