A local food pantry is stelling up to help thousands of low-income residents in Bethlehem

Written by on May 4, 2020

A local food pantry is stelling up to help thousands of low-income residents in Bethlehem

By Tracy Yatsko

May 4, 2020

COVID-19 is putting stress on many people but particularly the low-income, who often experience high levels of food insecurity. Bethlehem’s Marvine-Pembroke community is home to 2,000 residents living at or below the poverty level.   

WLVR’s Tracy Yatsko reports one local group is stepping in to help. 

The Northeast Community Center is the hub of Marvine. Normally it runs an after-school homework club, summer camps, and a program for seniors. But right now, the only thing open is the food pantry. Executive Director Paula Johnson says since COVID-19, the center is receiving an additional 5,000 pounds of food weekly from the Second Harvest Food Bank. 

“We have frozen meats, we have non-perishables, we have canned goods, we are fortunate to have refrigerated items like eggs and fresh milk,” said Johnson.

Grace Young is head of marketing and development for the community center.  She says before residents could only visit the food pantry once a month. Now, anyone can pick up food any time, no questions asked. 

“We’re serving about 60 plus families a week. Some weeks are larger than others depending on the need. There was one day a few weeks ago where we served 60 families in one day.”

“The Northeast Community Center food pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.”


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