WCHI’s next Free Community Meal will be on Tuesday, January 18th and is hosted by Redeemed Christian Church of God, 5 N 3rd St, Coplay. This is an outside “pick-up” distribution from 4:00-6:30pm and is guaranteed for the 1st 100 people. Food may not be available through 6:30 pm. The distribution is on a 1st come 1st served basis. Questions, please call 610-262-8993.
WCHI and the residents are so appreciative of all our faith based partners who host our bi-monthly meals. You are all providing a much needed Outreach Program for our residents. Thank you!!
WCHI will be starting our 2022 Children’s Summer Feeding Program planning meetings on Tuesday, January 25th at 11am at our Pantry located in the school building at St John the Baptist Church Complex, 3024 S Ruch Street, Whitehall. This is open to the public and we can always use more volunteers. Park in the back parking lot, walk down the driveway to the right of the school, and come in the 1st door on the left. All WCHI volunteers need clearances. https://tinyurl.com/WCHIforms Please call me with questions.
WOW, a whole year has gone by since we opened our WCHI Food Pantry. We had a great attendance last Thursday at our Pantry distribution! Our guests are always so grateful for the food and toiletries. We had the warmest day of the week (30’s) and we were all thankful we did not have snow!!
On 1/13/22 we served 177 households comprised of 639 residents; 266 children, 281 adults, and 92 seniors (age 60+)!! We also registered 41 new households. The car attendance lines are always non-stop. When we opened last year on 1/11/21, we served and registered 91 households comprised of 113 children, 141 adults, and 54 seniors.
WCHI has registered 500 households during the last year. Some guests come every month; due to Covid-19 some were laid off and now have returned to work; some do have two jobs and a family member or neighbor picks food up for them. Many seniors unfortunately have to choose whether to pay for their medicine or pay for food. And gas prices are not helping these households. There are many dynamics why people need food. We understand their hardships and know their reasons for coming. I am so glad we can help so many people!!
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.
WCHI has been so blessed with fantastic volunteers, great monetary and food/toiletry donors, and a very compassionate community, who work together to help us achieve our Mission: To alleviate food insecurity in Whitehall and Coplay. My quote is always “Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative is making a difference in people’s lives.” And we truly are doing this!!
Our community is helping our community. Everyone involved with our programs have been kind to others and 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 community helping our community.
My favorite quote by far is “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
Here are three others I like:
Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” —Jackie Chan.
“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.