Shari's Update - 7/11/21
Thank you, Patty Vahey, Director, and the Whitehall Public Library staff for donating and packing bags of books and information about the library for each child attending our Children’s Summer Feeding Program (CSFP) on July 7th. We gave away additional books also donated from the library. The children were all excited to receive the books!! WCHI provided a “drop and go” bag of food to 68 children on July 5th and 71 children on July 7th.
Michelle Khouri, WSCD Registrar, sent out a robocall, text, and email on Tuesday to the households receiving free and reduced rate breakfast and lunch in the District about our CSFP on Wednesday and our WCHI Pantry on Thursday. WCHI volunteers working our 6 CSFP sites also distributed a flier promoting our July 8th Pantry.
Thank you to Michelle and to our wonderful WCHI volunteers. You have truly made a difference in so many residents’ lives. Many residents did not know about our Pantry. We had record numbers attend our Pantry distribution on Thursday!! Many showed us our fliers and others said the school contacted them.
On July 8th, we served 88 Whitehall and 30 Coplay households which included 179 adults, 170 children, and 78 seniors. WCHI fed 427 people!! The next highest was on May 13th with 389 people. This was the most children we ever served, too. The next highest children served were 131 on April 8th.
A big shout out THANK YOU goes out to our fabulous Children’s Summer Feeding Program and Pantry volunteers, who pack and disburse all of our “drop and go” bags. Pantry guests receive four bags of dry food, one bag of frozen meats and fish, one bag of dairy-butter and cheese, and one bag of toiletries when we have them; baby food and dog/cat food as needed.
Please continue to tell you friends and neighbors about our Children’s Program and our Pantry. With Michelle’s robo calls, a few residents called me to tell me they work during the day and their children are not allowed to leave the house. If you know anyone that this is also an issue, please have them call me. I will make other arrangements for them to receive our bagged children’s food.
It is important to me that you know about www.lvfreshfoodbucks.org My friend, Allison Czapp, is the Director of Lehigh Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL). From the above referenced site: “Fresh Food Bucks gives people shopping with food stamps up to $10 per day to purchase fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Eat better while supporting local farmers!
LV Fresh Food Bucks not only provides our low-income community members with the freshest, most nutritionally dense food available, it creates additional revenue channels for our local farmers and keeps more money circulating in our local economy.
How it works: Take your EBT/ACCESS card to a participating location. Shop for SNAP eligible food items using your EBT/ACCESS card. BFBL will match what you spend with free LV Fresh Food Bucks to buy fresh and local produce – up to $10 a day!
The two closest farmer’s market to Whitehall-Coplay is in Northampton Boro, Laubach Ave & Smith Lane, in the Municipal Park Complex across from the Northampton Municipal Admin Building, every Tuesday 3-6:30pm. Wild Fox Farm, Barto is the only vendor there that accepts the EBT/ACCESS card. The second closest vendor accepting this program is Hersch’s Market, 129 S 17th Street, Allentown, PA 18104 Open M-Sat 9-6:30 and Sun 9-5.
Please call/text me with any questions on the above info.
Have a great week!!
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