United Way and Northampton County distribute nearly 9,000 meals to families in need

Written by on May 27, 2020

United Way and Northampton County distribute nearly 9,000 meals to families in need

By Jim Deegan

May 27, 2020

The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley formed the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council to reduce food insecurity and increase food access for all. The coronavirus pandemic is making that mission tougher than ever.

“It’s just a great service to the community to try to give something back.”

Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez stopped by the Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem last week. The food policy council teamed up with Northampton County to distribute hundreds of free meals from a refrigerated truck. For two hours Friday, volunteers handed out pans of food made to feed four people in what was being called “Operation Barbeque.”

Donchez says the turnout was tremendous.

“Everyone is just saying thank-you. You could see some people are even crying. It might be the first time they ever came to something like this to try to get food. There’s a lot of people hurting for the first time,” said Donchez.

Donchez says he’d like to see another food distribution on Bethlehem’s South Side.

The county and the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council distributed nearly 9,000 total individual meals last week at the Boys & Girls Club and the county government center in Easton. Food was given out on a first-come, first-served basis. More relief meals are in the works.


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