items needed

FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Canned Fruit & Veggies
Frozen Fruit & Veggies
Fresh Produce is ALWAYS welcome

ANY KIND OF CANNED MEAT
Spam, Turkey, Chicken, Corned Beef,
Salmon, Tuna, etc.

CANNED MEALS
Canned Pasta (Spaghettios, etc.)
Beef Stew
Chicken & Dumplings
Corned Beef Hash
Chicken Ala King
Pork N’ Beans
Soups, etc.

NON PERISHABLE PACKAGED FOOD
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Jell-O & Puddings
Rice & Instant Rice
Instant Potatoes Hamburger, Chicken & Tuna Helper
Pasta—All Shapes & Sizes
Macaroni & Cheese
Flavored Instant Noodles Spaghetti Sauce
Tomato Sauce
Juices & Drinks of all kinds Condiments
Healthy options for snacks

CEREAL & BREAKFAST ITEMS
Pop Tarts, Oatmeal, Grits,
Cream of Wheat, Cereal Bars, etc.

BABY FOOD
Baby Formula

EGGS & DAIRY
Powdered & Evaporated Milk
Refrigerated Milk & Yogurt
Butter
Eggs, etc.

NON-FOOD ITEMS
Wipes & Diapers, all sizes
Diaper Rash Cream
Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Tissues, etc.
Towels & Wash Clothes
Socks
Ladies & Men’s Underwear
Dishwashing Liquid
Laundry Detergent
Comet Type Cleanser

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS (FULL SIZE)
Shampoo & Conditioner
Lotion
Deodorant
Band-Aids & First Aid Cream
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
Feminine Hygiene Products

FOR I WAS HUNGRY
AND YOU GAVE ME
FOOD TO EAT.

While hunger may seem like a problem only experienced in faraway lands, this issue is currently taking place in our own backyards. Many members of our community are experiencing food hardship, or lack of sufficient funds to provide food for themselves or their family, on a daily basis. A startling 19.2% of Lehigh Valley residents have reported experiencing food hardship as of 2014. This rate is higher than both the state of Pennsylvania’s hunger rate of 15.2%, and the national average of 17.2%. Even more shockingly, approximately 1 out of 5 Pennsylvania households with children experience food hardship, which is especially concerning since adequate nutrition is vital for a child’s healthy physical and mental development. Two-thirds of those households with children have at least one working adult—typically in a full-time job. If family budgets are tight, food is often the first thing to be sacrificed. And, as we enter into the summer months, the statistics rise. Children who rely on school lunches will go hungry, and families will turn more to food banks for help. Yet local food banks face a drastic drop in community donations during the summer months.

this summer, We can help change that.

We are excited to announce our new Feed Bethlehem initiative to help stock the food pantries of our local mission partners, New Bethany and Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley (HCLV), and ensure our neighbors in the Lehigh Valley continue to receive food to feed themselves and their families.

stock the shelves

Help provide non-perishable food items, produce, and eggs and dairy from the list on the left to our local partners to stock their shelves. There are collection baskets throughout the church in July.

Many people have only a room, and a full kitchen may not be available to them. Instant, easy fix, microwaveable items or pop top cans things are very popular!

glean the fields

Our newest partnership is with Valley Fruits and Veggies (www.valleyfruitsandveggies.com) located off of Weaversville Road and Colony Drive in Bethlehem. The partnership gives us the opportunity to go out to the farm and to glean the fields—picking leftover crops from the fields—to provide free, fresh and healthy produce for our community. Watch for opportunities throughout the summer.

Bring Fresh Food to Those in Need

A local NJ-based non-profit organization, America’s Grow-a-Row, is growing fresh fruits and vegetables specifically for people suffering from hunger. Volunteers are needed to drive to the beautiful America’s Grow-a-Row farm in Pittstown, NJ to pick up the boxes of fresh food and deliver the boxes to New Bethany Ministries and the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley (two local partners of FPC Bethlehem). The entire round trip to NJ and back to Bethlehem will take approximately 90 minutes. A large back seat, car trunk or small SUV will be more than enough room to carry the boxes or burlap bags of fresh food. Individuals must have the ability to carry a box or bag weighing about 25 pounds. Directions and instructions will be provided. Pick a Thursday starting in July that works for your schedule! This is a great serve opportunity for the whole family. CLICK HERE to sign up.

Help end hunger in the Lehigh Valley.