As you all know, Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative works with food, though we are not preparing meals right now with our current outreach programs. I have not allowed any refrigerated or freezer items to be accepted or distributed and have turned away eggs, meats, etc., that have been offered to me this spring.
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I do need volunteers for upcoming Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative events. At some point in the near future, I will create an additional Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative Sign-Up Genius account separate from our community outreach program one. For now, please contact me directly at 610-730-8067 if you can help with the following:
The office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Education released important information regarding child food nutrition programs May 7. Excerpts from Wolf’s news release and a Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council flier summarize the new benefits.
For this column, I will explain how the food chain works in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture information in this article is from government websites. USDA is a cabinet-level agency that oversees the American farming industry. USDA duties range from helping farmers with price support subsidies to inspecting food to ensure the safety for the American public.
There are seven divisions that all work together to protect public health and conserve environmental resources.
In talking with Victoria Coyle, chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley, more and more seniors who have had family members or friends shop for them are falling into a void now because people are afraid to go out.
MOW has fresh meals that will be made available to people in need. First priority will be people who are homebound due to age or a health condition.
If someone qualifies for its service, MOW can add him to the delivery route.
Hunger faces many residents, including children, working people and seniors, every day in the Lehigh Valley. One in eight children is food insecure.
The American Community Survey for 2017 (last one issued) from the census shows Whitehall Township has a 14.3-percent resident poverty level and Coplay Borough has a 7.9-percent level. Lehigh County was at 13.3 percent, and the national average was 13.1 percent.