Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
In this familiar quotation from Matthew, we take note that the primary manifestation of Christian outreach is feeding our hungry neighbors. Two ‘safety net’ programs of the LCCC serve an average of 300 or more meals a day to men, women, and children who might otherwise go without. And along with those healthy, well-balanced meals, the LCCC provides the opportunity to link with additional services to address the root causes of hunger.
Daybreak's purpose is to prevent homelessness by providing a drop-in center offering basic services including three meals a day, self-sufficiency programs and supportive counseling to persons with mental disabilities, chemical dependencies, or HIV/AIDS who are at high risk of becoming homeless. Even today, 40% of Daybreak members are former residents of the Allentown State Hospital which has closed at the end of 2010.
The number of meals served in our Ecumenical Soup Kitchen has doubled in the past ten years. Over 35,000 meals were served to men, women, and children for whom lunch at the Soup Kitchen may have been their only hot meal of the day. The Linkage Coordinator, Pathways housing case managers, and the intensive case managers of Homeless Supportive Services visit the Soup Kitchen regularly to make contact with hundreds of needy men and women who might not otherwise seek them out.
LEHIGH COUNTY CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES