A Lehigh Valley food bank is reporting challenges in getting supplies – as demand has increased significantly in the community

Written by on April 16, 2020

A Lehigh Valley food bank is reporting challenges in getting supplies – as demand has increased significantly in the community

By Staci Inez

April 16, 2020

A Lehigh Valley food bank is reporting challenges in getting supplies – as demand has increased significantly in the community.

Second Harvest Food Bank distributes food to area nonprofits for people in need in the Lehigh Valley. But the organization is finding it harder to do that work now. Agency relations manager Dave Cool says demand for donations is up 44% – but obtaining that food can be difficult.

“Right now, we’re looking at buying more food and there’s a delay of up to mid-June to get products here, when before it would get here in like a week or two, but now looking at two months… for certain products, so it’s becoming really challenging to find this food,” said Cool.

For instance, the food bank has been unable to source green beans — typically something that’s been easy to get locally — and is just not available now.

Even so, Cool says they are still making sure everyone can get what’s needed. The food bank donated 156,000 pounds of food through its Free Friday and Free Saturday program.

The organization has also implemented new safety guidelines for volunteers and staff who are packing and distributing food boxes. 

Watch Staci’s full PBS39 News Tonight Report.


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