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Press photos by Paul CmilVolunteers give out meals at a recent food distribution at Catasauqua Municipal Pool. Press photos by Paul CmilVolunteers give out meals at a recent food distribution at Catasauqua Municipal Pool.
Borough meal distributions continue on the grounds of Blondies Cupcakes, 333 Front St. Borough meal distributions continue on the grounds of Blondies Cupcakes, 333 Front St.

Weekly community meals taken over by community

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Pastor Brian Riedy and his congregation at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church have been stalwarts in feeding people in the community, and their efforts have now opened the door for other members of the community to help out.

“The congregation has been working with local restaurant owners to keep food available for the people in our community. We have been successful in meeting the needs,” he said. “Our job in the community is to show the way and then others can follow our lead.”

Business owners in the borough have taken over the challenge and will provide free community meals at the curbside in front of Blondies Cupcakes, 333 Front St.

Holy Trinity will continue to offer funds to keep the program going as long as it is needed. The restaurants are better equipped to handle preparing meals and distributing them to the people who are in need, it was noted.

Holy Trinity will move down to municipal park to distribute bag lunches to students who need a meal. This is more in tune with what the church was able to handle, it was reported. Last year, the congregation set up lunches for students at municipal park, and it went well.

Suburban North Family YMCA will also continue to distribute meals at municipal park.

“We will step in if needed, but this will work out well by having the whole community involved in meeting the needs of the community,” Riedy said.