Although the novel coronavirus pandemic is taking an economic toll on nearly everyone, families that were already in need before it began are now threatened not only by their own circumstances, but also by the added challenges faced by our local food banks.
Institutions that help make local, fresh food available to our community are also threatened by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. One of those institutions is the Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market, which has received permission to open as scheduled next month, but must do so with less sponsorship money than ever before. (Note: The market will open Sunday, May 3 at 9 a.m. next to the Hellertown Area Library with social distancing and other new measures in place. More information about the modifications will be shared in an upcoming Saucon Source article. Follow the market on Facebook for news and updates about their 2020 season.)
Saucon Source has long supported the market and we previously committed to help both Lower Saucon Township food banks with a successful holiday food drive several months ago. Now we want to help them all of these organizations again, with the assistance of our friends at Solid Products screenprinting in Ottsville, Bucks County, and your support.
For every #SauconStrong t-shirt you purchase through April 19, Saucon Source will donate $3 to the food banks and $3 to the Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market. T-shirts in sizes S-XL are $18 each, plus tax and shipping. Larger sizes are available for an additional fee. Click here to make a secure purchase. Saucon Source receives nothing from this sale, so please consider supporting these community institutions.
In addition to supporting the food banks with a #SauconStrong t-shirt purchase, you can also help New Jerusalem food bank by contributing to an upcoming food drive.
The drive-up food drive will be held Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3233 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem. Items the food bank is in need of include canned vegetables, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, syrup and any other nonperishable food items you have to give. Monetary donations can be made to New Jerusalem Food Bank and sent to: New Jerusalem Evangelical Church, 3233 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Note: If your local business or organization is interested in selling t-shirts as a fundraiser or simply to help pay some bills during the pandemic-related shutdown of Pennsylvania’s non-essential private sector, Solid Products can help. All sales are conducted online (there’s no setup required), there are no out-of-pocket costs and sellers can earn up to $10 per shirt. Click here for more information.