Last week Saucon Source and Bob’s Valley Wide Carpet Care wrapped up their successful Saucon Valley Food Drive, which benefited the two Lower Saucon Township food banks that serve local families in need.
Saucon Source publisher Josh Popichak along with Kenny Boecker and Nate Conrad of Bob’s Valley Wide delivered hundreds of donated nonperishable food items and financial support to the food banks at Ebenezer New Reformed Church and New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Sheila Dieterly, a volunteer coordinator for the food bank at Ebenezer church, said the organization provided food to more than 350 families in November, which represents a modest year-over-year increase in terms of the total number of families being served.
The food bank at Ebenezer church is open Tuesdays to anyone in need from 6 to 7 p.m.
Food is distributed no questions asked, but a valid ID is required to utilize the food bank.
Dieterly, her father Mark, Sam Hess and several other people make up a core group of volunteers who are at the food bank in the church’s basement nearly every Tuesday to sort and oversee an operation that’s a lifeline for people in Saucon Valley and beyond.
“You’d be surprised how many people use the food bank and you can’t always tell what someone’s needs are based on the car they drive,” said Mark Dieterly, who commented that just because someone is driving a newer car doesn’t mean they’re financially secure.
“One of the reasons we hosted this food drive is because there’s quite a bit of hidden need in Saucon Valley, which has a reputation for being an affluent area,” said Popichak. “There are many working class families in our community who are just barely making ends meet. And one missed paycheck could be enough to put them in line at a food bank.”
The food drive took place over two weeks in early December and wouldn’t have been possible without support from local businesses and organizations that agreed to host donation boxes for it. Among them were Bagel Basket, Saucon Valley Sporting Goods, The Shoppe on Water Street, Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, Cindy’s Hair Design, DiMaio’s Family Ristorante & Pizzeria, Farmers Insurance Wimbish Agency, Jim Gardner State Farm Insurance, Mike’s Kids Doggie Shop, Lloyd Tactical and Lower Saucon Fire Rescue.
“I would like to personally thank all of the businesses who stepped up to help us with this effort as well as everyone who donated to the food drive,” said Popichak. “Your contributions will help make the holidays brighter for people right here in the community, and giving is what Christmas is truly about.”
The New Jerusalem church food bank is open the third and fourth Saturday of each month. For more information about donations and distribution, click here.