Just two reminders: 1. We do have our WCHI Food Pantry distribution this Thursday, February 10th 11-1 and 5:30-7pm in the St John the Baptist Church parking lot, 3024 S Ruch St, Whitehall 2. We also have our WCHI Bingo on Sunday, February 13th at Commitment to Family & Community, 165 Cherry St, Coplay. Doors open at 1 and bingo starts at 2. We play boards and paper specials. Face mask are required unless you are on oxygen. Bingo questions, call Liz 484-274-6687.
This week’s Food Pantry and Snack Pack Pal needed items include: Oatmeal Packets - Boxes of 6-10 Packets,
Granola /Cereal Bars – 5-10 bars per box and Sam's Club Brand Fruit Cups – Diced Peaches or Mandarin Oranges. We ask for Sam’s Fruit cups because they provide the best nutritional value and allow us to easily label each serving with ingredients and allergen information to the ensure safety of our students.
I wanted to talk about another food non-profit, Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley (MOWGLV). In talking with Victoria Coyle, Chief Executive Officer, more and more seniors, who have had family members or friends shop for them, are falling into a void now because people are still afraid to go out due to Covid. MOWGLV has fresh meals that will be made available to people in need. They prioritize people who are homebound and unable to prepare healthy meals due to age or health condition.
If someone qualifies for their service, MOWGLV can add them to their delivery routes. They currently deliver to 8 Coplay and 25 Whitehall residents. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 10:30M-12:00 pm by volunteers. All meals are heart healthy and meet the state guidelines for senior nutritional requirements. The meals can further be medically tailored to assist with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, or difficulty with chewing and swallowing. It takes about one week for an intake to be conducted before meal delivery starts. There is a sliding fee scale for meal fees. Please have the senior or family member call MOWGLV at 610-691-1030.
From the Meals on Wheels website https://mowglv.org/faqs/ I am putting this info in the article because not everyone has computer access or Wi-Fi. These are questions & answers on their frequently asked questions page. Please let people know about their service. MOWGLV is here to help those in need and have done a fantastic job with helping homebound adults. They are feeding more people than ever as all hunger organizations have seen increased food demand.
1. Who is eligible to receive Meals on Wheels? Eligibility is determined by need. Clients must be over the age of 18, be homebound and unable to prepare meals, be unable to meet basic nutritional needs, either temporarily or permanently, have no reliable options for nutritious daily meals, and reside in Lehigh or Northampton Counties.
2. I have a family member in need of meal deliveries. They live with another family member who does not prepare meals. Do they still qualify? Yes, if the person in need of meals is unable to prepare meals while the other family member is not home.
3. Can I sign my family member up for meal delivery? Of course! We receive referrals from any number of sources. The person you are referring for meals must agree to the service before we follow up to determine eligibility.
Thank you all for making a difference in people’s lives. We are all here to help our community.