Fighting Hunger for More Than Three Decades
Second Harvest Food Bank began its mission to end hunger in October of 1982 as the Lehigh Valley Food Bank, a program of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. (CACLV). The Food Bank did not have a permanent location at the beginning. Initially, distributions were made from the back of a rented truck and then Bethlehem Steel Corporation donated warehouse space that was used for nearly four years. In 1986, thanks to the generosity of the local community, we were able to purchase a 7,600 square foot warehouse at 1138 North Godfrey Street in Allentown. The Food Bank remained there for seven years before moving to a new warehouse more than twice the size of the old one. That building, located at 2045 Harvest Way in Allentown, is where the Food Bank currently operates.
Shortly after moving to the current warehouse location, the Lehigh Valley Food Bank changed its name to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. This change was made as a result of the Food Bank’s partnership with Feeding America (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest) the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. The new name also better reflected the Food Bank’s growing service area which now encompasses Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Wayne counties.
Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania provides food and grocery product to more than 69,000 individuals each month through a network of more than 200 member agencies. These agencies include emergency pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and child care, rehabilitation and senior citizen centers. The Food Bank also provides educational materials to member agencies and the community about local hunger, nutrition, and food accessibility issues and advocates for improvements in and greater accessibility to programs which affect low-income people.
Our mission is to obtain food and distribute it to people in need through area non-profits and to provide resources for education and advocacy to end hunger.
Second Harvest Food Bank's Annual Work Plan
Second Harvest Food Bank's Annual Report (FY 2013-2014)
Form 990 (FY 2013-2014)
Last year, Second Harvest distributed 6.38 million pounds of food and grocery product to low-income families and individuals in a six-county service area in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Each month, our member agencies serve more than 69,000 individuals that are at-risk for hunger.
Of those 69,000 people, more than half are children and senior citizens.
For every $1 donated to the Food Bank, Second Harvest is able to distribute nine pounds of food which is equivalent to seven meals.
Right Here, Right Now, People are Hungry.
In order to continue to help our hungry neighbors, the Food Bank raises approximately $900,000 annually through grants and private donations. These funds keep our warehouse in operation. Are you ready to do your part?
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