Central Moravian Food Pantry has seen significant increase in demand during COVID-19

Written by on October 6, 2020

Central Moravian Food Pantry has seen significant increase in demand during COVID-19

By WLVR staff

October 6, 2020

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Hunger continues to be a significant issue in the Lehigh Valley as the COVID-19 pandemic heads into fall. One Bethlehem food pantry has seen a 25 percent increase in Lehigh Valley residents needing food support. 

Bethlehem’s Central Moravian Food Pantry is now operating three days a month, up from its normal one day a month. 

Pantry Director Dave Wickmann says he believes it will take time for numbers to return to normal. 

”I actually thought that it would slow down about a month or two ago but it hasn’t, and I think we are going to be at this for at least another year.”

To keep up with the added days, Wickmann says the pantry is taking extra shipments from food distributor Second Harvest and also receiving donations from local victory gardens. 

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