Thank You Air Products! Summer Breakfast Food Collection Aids Area Families in Need
Many thanks to everyone who donated cereal, oatmeal, and/or granola bars to bridge the nutrition gap resulting during the summer months when free breakfast and lunch programs are suspended. Your thoughtfulness and caring is greatly appreciated.
Combined, over the last two weeks we have donated food items worth about $500—enough to get needy families patronizing the Soup Kitchen through the Fourth of July weekend.
This food drive was coordinated by Air Products employee, Marie Maly who is also a volunteer Board Member of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches.
Air Products is a long-time supporter of the Conference of Churches. We are so grateful for our good friends!
The Conference of Churches Soup Kitchen is a safety net program with the primary objective of feeding hungry men, women, and children. All of our hungry neighbors can receive a nutritious, well-balanced meal, satisfying their hunger and improving their diet. Each of these clients, living below federal poverty standards, will have increased their capacity to meet their basic food, shelter and healthcare needs by the end of the meal because these free meals give strength and conserve their scarce dollars. Each of these clients are provided with the opportunity to take advantage of all of the programs of the Continuum of Care that the Conference provides to address their housing, nutrition, and healthcare needs.
In 2012, the Soup Kitchen:
- - Served 36,943 meals (15,000 meal increase over 2004) with 1,642 meals served to children
- - Provided weekly health screenings and referral services
The Soup Kitchen:
- - Offers a warm atmosphere serving hot, nutritionally balanced meals to hungry men, women and children daily since 1982;
- - Provides the meal in a safe environment:
- - To the homeless;
- - To families with children, especially during the summer when they are not provided meals in school feeding programs;
- - To the elderly on fixed incomes;
- - To the working poor whose minimum wage and/or temporary employment does not adequately meet their needs.
- - Provides referrals services for housing, clothing, and general assistance;
- - Helps people regain their self-esteem by volunteering in a variety of ways in the operation of the soup kitchen;
- - Offers volunteers from churches, synagogues, mosques and community groups the opportunity to serve their neighbors in need; &
- - Gives community service workers a place to complete their service.
Soup Kitchen Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 8th and Walnut Streets, Allentown
Soup Kitchen Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.