Just a quick reminder that this Tuesday, July 27t at 11 am, you are invited to attend our Public Meeting at our WCHI Food Pantry, 3024 S Ruch St, Whitehall. Please note the GPS sometimes takes you near the police station on Lehigh St. This is not correct. Going North on MacArthur Rd, turn right on Center Street across from Auto Zone, follow to the end of Center St and make a left on Ruch St, make a left on to Park St at the St John the Baptist Church, pull in the church parking lot behind the Church, and walk down the driveway by the shed. You will see where to come in the school building. At this meeting, we are planning to schedule our Free Community meals from September 2021 through December 2022 with both our Faith Based and our Community Organizations. Many are not open yet. We can schedule these locations for 2022. With Covid, everything is subject to change. Many people have told me they are coming and several have dates they want to host the meals. At this meeting, I also will give you updates on all our other active programs. The time frame for this meeting should be 60-75 minutes. Light refreshments will be provided.
Time surely does fly!! Patricia Karo and I wrote our WCHI Children’s Summer Feeding Program (CSFP) grant request to Lehigh County and submitted it on April 10th. Now in July, we are halfway through our Summer Program. As always, I would like to thank the Lehigh County Commissioners for approving our grant request for $35,000; all our wonderful volunteers who help with all our programs (we are 100% volunteer), the Diocese of Allentown; Monsignor Gobitas, Barb Sukanick, Joe Paul and Neal Reenock of St John the Baptist Church for allowing us to operate out of Christ the King’s School cafeteria; Second Harvest Food Bank, and all the generous food and monetary donors who support our work. Without you, WCHI would not be helping as many Whitehall and Coplay residents as we currently are. We are making a huge difference in people’s lives and are fulfilling our Mission: to Alleviate Food Insecurity in Whitehall and Coplay.
I also want to thank both Diane Davidson and Jamie Reed. Diane is one of several Whitehall Rotary volunteers who help with the CSFP. She canvassed most of the Maryland 1 apartment building on Thursday putting up fliers in the mailroom and laundry rooms. Several households saw the fliers and came out. Also, Jamie Reed, who lives in the Mickley Run Apartment complex canvassed all the Mickley Run Apartment buildings on July 24th and has 20 new children coming to Monday’s distribution.
WCHI provides a bag of dry food for every child in the household- a baby through age 18- every Monday and Wednesday from 10-11 am. The Monday bag includes dry food for two breakfasts and two lunches. The Wednesday bag includes food for three breakfasts and three lunches. These bags also include shelf stable milk and a salty or sugary snack. We also provide vegetables from our WCHI garden. Recently, we had zucchini, string beans, cucumbers and tomatoes. Anne says the green beans and cucumbers aren’t doing so well so she doesn’t know how much longer we will be getting vegetables from the garden. It has been a hot summer and they are bringing water in to feed the plants.
Our distribution sites are located at: (1) Coplay location-Redeemed Christian Church of God, 5 N 3rd St; (5) Whitehall locations: Park and Church Streets in the Egypt Community Church social hall parking lot; 3rd & Leisenring Streets in Cementon at the school bus stop; St John’s Lutheran Church, 835 N 3rd St at the door in the alley with the ramp; Maryland Circle at the school bus stop; and Mickley Run Apartments in the west parking lot closest to the 350 building off of Overlook Rd.
In July, our CSFP had our highest number of children fed for the month so far on July 21st. We provided food to 72 children. June 23rd was our busiest day serving 115 children. We have the capability of serving at least 500 children and need your help encouraging your Whitehall-Coplay family, friends and neighbors to attend. Please let people know who are too proud to come, that everyone some time in their life needs help.
Also, we have books from LV Reads, Cops & Kids, the Whitehall Library and from public donations to provide books for the children at every Monday and Wednesday distribution at our 6 sites from 10-11am until our last day on August 25th. We are still accepting new and lightly used books for a toddler through age 18. You can drop them at my office 1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall M-F 9-5; Sat 9-1 and Sun 10-1.
WCHI is definitely here to help. If you are a Whitehall or Coplay resident with children a baby through age 18 and do not have transportation to get to a CSFP site or work during the day, please call/text me 484-225-0358 and I will make arrangements to provide you with food and books.
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Have a great week!!