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.