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Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative to Provide Senior Boxes

Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative logo featuring fruits and vegetables surrounding a fork and spoon on a plate

Hi Everyone,

I want to thank all the faith-based partners who are helping WCHI by hosting a meal. Many churches are including our meals in their monthly newsletters and weekly bulletins. Thank you. We are all helping each other help our community. 

Please mark your calendar for our next Free Community Meal on Sunday, December 5th at Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley (MALV), 1988 Schadt Ave, Whitehall. Questions contact Deeba 703-346-8698. This will be a sit-down meal. Please wear your face mask when entering the building.

We need the following items for our next Pantry distribution on December 9th: Stove Top Stuffing, Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Chef Boyardee – 18oz Cans, Granola/Cereal Bars – 5-10 bars per box, Oatmeal Packets - Boxes of 6-10 packets, Pancake Syrup - 24oz, Rice - 1 lb. bags/boxes, plain or flavored, Rice & Pasta Sides – Such as Knorr Pasta or Rice Packets, Tomato/Spaghetti Sauce – Cans or Plastic jars. We also need Diapers - Baby and Adult, Feminine Products, Shampoo & Conditioner, Soap, Tissues, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, and Toilet Paper.  Please ship or mail the items to my Re/Max Unlimited office, 1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, PA 18052

WCHI has been approved by Second Harvest Food Bank to provide Senior Boxes. We are very excited to bring this additional service to all our eligible seniors. The rest of this article is to explain what a Senior Box is and how to receive one.

The PA Senior Food Box Program is a federally funded program that provides a monthly box of nutritious food to help low-income seniors 60 years of age or older. The boxes are provided through Second Harvest Food Bank and are distributed through partner Food Pantries. A computer program is in place with Second Harvest and all the eligible Food Pantries so that seniors can only receive one box at one pantry.

The 30-pound food box includes: six cans of vegetables, three cans of fruit, one bottle of juice, three containers of peanut butter or beans, two cereals, two pounds of pasta or rice, two shelf-stable milks, two meats, and one block of cheese. WCHI volunteers will put the box in your car. These boxes are in addition to the monthly food you receive at our pantry. You will pick up both at the same time.

You must be at least 60 years or older to qualify. With a federal program, there are income guidelines based on the number of people in the household. For example, for a one-person household, the income limit is $1,396 per month. For two-person household, the income limit is $1,888. No worries we have a chart by household size, annual, monthly, and weekly income. No proof of income is required, but you will be signing a federal form that the information is true and correct.

We hope to start providing these boxes in January. There is minor paperwork that must be completed with WCHI and the senior a month prior to receiving a box. Therefore, after our January 9th food distribution, I will set up a time to meet with you and register you at my Re/Max Unlimited Office, 1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall. What information will you need at registration? Verification of Identification - Must Include Date of Birth & Current Address. A driver’s license is best, but other forms of ID are acceptable. Note: if you have additional people in your household, you will need to know monthly income, birth date, and name for each additional person.

A flier will be given to you at the food distribution on December 9th. See you soon!! Please call me with questions.

Thank you and have a great week!!!