Pres Neil and his “first lady” Sue brought us cookies for desert. A reminder from Vic Dennis that our Salvation Army “Ding-A-Lings” are ringing this Sat. from 10-8 in front of the jewelry entrance for Boscov’s in the Palmer Mall. James Owens brought us up to speed on various past events and some upcoming events for our Easton Opioid Awareness Task Force: Jan 21stis the next meeting held at the Boys & Girls Club at 6PM. Next was our speaker, Jessica Dokachev, director of 2ndHarvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. “Second Harvest Food Bank administers a number of programs to further our mission of aiding those individuals at-risk for hunger in our six-county service area.” Not only covering Northampton and Lehigh County they also cover most all of the Poconos all the way up towards Honesdale. Over 60,000 people are served each month. They deliver food products to 211 non-profit member agencies in the area. The food is delivered by 4 refrigerated trucks to over a 2975 square-mile territory. Over 9.2 million pounds of food distributed. Some programs other than “normal” food-banks: 2475 seniors receive a 30-pound SUNShine box of food each month; over 800 children receive a backpack of food during the school year; Military Share-a new program beginning provides food for current and former military individuals; nutrition education, just to name the main programs. Did you know that 1 in 6 children in the LV are not getting needed and ample food? This is all done with a staff of 21 and many hundreds of volunteers helping to unload the food products at the many food banks on delivery-day. Did you know that donating a dollar can provide 6 meals? 2ndHarvest receives many corporate food product donations from food products running close to the end-of-sale date to fiscal donations from corporations. They receive some funding from the State of PA but over $11,000,000 is donated by corporations and $1.3-million from individuals. And the best of all only 2% of the 9 million pounds is considered waste food products; mostly from damaged product. You see once the food enters their storage and delivery system its usually out to the public within 2 weeks or less. Click on their link to their web page in their name. You can learn how you or your friends and church can help.
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