SHOULD WE GIVE FOOD during the COVID-19 Emergency? Donate $$$ to local agencies in need. Most pantries are focused on emergency food distribution and not receiving donations during this time. See below for more information.
COVID-19 EMERGENCY INFORMATION 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 as well regarding 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.volunteerlvorg/organization-sign-up to provide information on what you need. This agency is the Lehigh Valley's designated VOAD (emergency response volunteer team) site.
OTHER IDEAS: Be conscious of 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.
If you know families with school children who are not getting their free meal that they are qualified to receive because they don't know about the meal; please inform them. If they need a ride to the meal center, please take them. Find the 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.
To gift food to families who you know are in need you can buy gift cards for take-out food from the Easton restaurants that are serving (go to supporteaston.org for a list).
To give money for food, go to www.SHFBLV.org (Second Harvest Food Bank) which is our regional food bank that serves the Lehigh Valley and beyond. updated 3/29/2020