Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry News
WLVT/PBS39 - December 14, 2019
Upper Macungie Police Thank Community for Holiday Generosity
"Last month, the Upper Macungie Township Police Department (UMTPD) kicked off its annual coat drive, collecting coats and other items for people in the community. The department wrapped up the drive Thursday with a grand total of 248 coats and jackets. .... UMTPD has collected coats since 2016. This year, police teamed up with Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry to keep the community warm. ... Parkland C.A.R.E.S. handed out the coats on Sunday at a special event for those who use the pantry."
WLVT/PBS39 - November 13, 2019
Collecting Coats for Those in Need
"This year's coat drive kicked off Tuesday and will continue for about a month, Nickischer said. Anyone can stop by police headquarters at 37 Grim Road in Breinigsville and drop off new or gently-used coats any time of day."..."This year, the department will give the coats to Parkland C.A.R.E.S., a choice pantry PBS39 featured last month. Executive director Katrina Sundstrom said the organization will hand out the coats to local families next month."
WLVT/PBS39 - October 21, 2019
Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Opens Pantry to Community
"We know that we will not end hunger," Sundstrom said, "but we will diligently fight it as long as the need exists within the Parkland community." As a choice pantry, families select what they want, based on household size and need -- and that includes more than just food. A Community C.A.R.E.S. closet offers toiletries, hygiene products, diapers and other essentials."
The Morning Call - July 15, 2019
Fighting hunger in the suburbs: Parkland nonprofit made of residents looking out for their own
"This summer, the newly formed nonprofit Parkland C.A.R.E.S. opened the doors of its pantry at 5074 Kernsville Road in North Whitehall Township. The food pantry is the first of its kind within the Parkland School District, an area most people associate with comfortable economic realities, if not outright wealth. But for years, the district has seen a growing number of low-income families struggle."
Parkland Press - June 13, 2019
New food pantry working to ‘crush hunger’ in the Parkland area
"Parkland C.A.R.E.S., a nonprofit organization run by volunteers, was created to help in the fight against hunger in the Parkland area" ......... "Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry will be open 10 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come September, the food pantry will be open one Saturday a month from 10 a.m. to noon."
WFMZ - 69News - April 25, 2019
Parkland C.A.R.E.S to raise money to provide meals for children
"We wanted a place that when the families come in to they come in and are dignified. They walk in the doors into this pantry that has been built for them and they will shop for the items in the pantry, choose the items off of the shelves that best suit their family and their needs," Sundstrom said.
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The Morning Call - Feb 16, 2020
Your View: Food stamp cuts will spark a Lehigh Valley hunger crisis
"As April 1 approaches, the day when 700,000 people could be dropped from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program rolls nationwide, I am growing increasingly concerned about a wave of families unable to afford nutritious food in the Lehigh Valley. By one estimate, soup kitchens and food pantries will see 30% more people coming through their doors."
The Morning Call - Dec 11, 2019
Paycheck to paycheck: New United Way study shows how many in Lehigh Valley walk a dangerous financial tightrope
"...roughly 1 in 4 families in the greater Lehigh Valley, according to a new report from the United Way — had been living precariously in a socioeconomic bracket defined by an acronym: ALICE. It stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The United Way coined the term as a more exact, and less condescending, description of people known as “the working poor” — families whose income exceeds the federal poverty level, but who remain cash-strapped. Sometimes they are forced into agonizing decisions: Pay the electric bill or fill a prescription for a sick child?. ... It’s a distressing read. It shows, for example, that 38% of households in the greater Lehigh Valley — a combination of ALICE-level and poverty-level — struggle to afford basic needs."
WFMZ.com - Lehigh Valley Regional News - Nov 7, 2019
Allentown hosts statewide convention to fight hunger
"The city of Allentown hosted a statewide convention Thursday to fight hunger. The event took place at Miller Symphony Hall. Allentown is one of six cities nationwide to receive a $125,000 federal grant to help reduce child hunger from the National League of Cities and the Food Research & Action Center. The initiative is called "Healthy Kids Healthy Allentown.""
The Morning Call - Sept 20, 2018
Changing demographics: Parkland School District growing more diverse
"Of the 9,431 students in the district, 25 percent are eligible for free or reduced lunch, which is the usual gauge of poverty in schools. In 2013-2014, that number was 18.2 percent."
The Brown and White - Sept 9, 2018
Easton area school district provides resources to decrease food insecurity
"Data from Feeding America, a domestic hunger-relief organization, shows that one in six children in the United States are food insecure. The Greater Lehigh Valley is above average in food insecurity for children, with one in four considered insecure, according to The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley."
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley Blog (Poverty's Edge - Lehigh Valley) - Aug 24, 2016
Have You Seen Someone Who is Food Insecure Today?
"The Summer Food Service Program is based on blanket eligibility for a school district when 50% or more of a school district’s children are eligible for free or reduced lunches."......"Now let’s look at a glaring example of policy failing our children and their families."......."Changes in the [Parkland] school district in one year increased eligibility to 22.69%. This represents 1,675 children. These eligible children are scattered across the large school district. Even using census district eligibility, the school district cannot qualify for the Summer Food Service Program. How, then, do we ensure that these children and their families are not food insecure?"