SHOULD WE GIVE FOOD during the COVID-19 Emergency?
The most common question during an emergency is "WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?" Our emergency food providers are working hard to get their clients any food that they need to prevent hunger, food insufficiency, food insecurity and proper nutrition, particularly for people who have medical needs. However, most pantries and free meal centers in our are are completely or mostly managed by VOLUNTEERS. These volunteers must follow safety guidelines, physical/social distancing and food safety management. Many will not be able to volunteer at this time.
IF YOU CAN VOLUNTEER: Please go to the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley's website www.volunteerlv.org and sign up to help. If you are an agency who needs volunteers go to www.volunteerlv.org/organization-sign-up to provide information on what you need. This agency is the Lehigh Valley's designated VOAD (emergency response volunteer team) site.
IF YOU CAN DONATE MONEY : Second Harvest Food Bank is our regional food bank which provides most of the food for our local pantries, donate at www.SHFBLV.org
OTHER IDEAS: Focus on your own neighborhood. Who is in need? Have you asked everyone if they need food or any other help? If you have the ability to help those closest to you geographically, then please do so.
Kids meals: Many children will not get their free school meal because schools are closed. If you know children who need a ride to the school meal center, please take them. Find the kids' meal locations on our NEWS page.
If you know families who are out of food please give them the emergency phone numbers from our Resource Flyer and from our NEWS page where they are updated as we receive them.
Gift food to families who you know are in need: buy gift cards for take-out food from the Easton restaurants that are serving (go to supporteaston.com for a list).