Official Statement Regarding COVID-19 from The New Love Center

The New Love Center Board & Staff have been closely following the situation regarding COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus). The health & safety of our clientele & volunteers is our number one priority and we are not taking this situation lightly. We have been working diligently to formulate a plan of action so that we can continue providing food and meals to the members of our community, but also ensure that we are doing our part to help prevent the spread of illness.

The Café – 1407 Allegheny St, Jersey Shore (Please use Glover Street Entrance)

The Café will continue our normal operating hours at this time (8 am – 12:30 pm). Upon entering the facility, all clients, volunteers and staff are instructed to thoroughly wash their hands before entering the fellowship hall or kitchen. Kitchen staff will continue to practice handwashing and sanitizing procedures as normally required and we will be sanitizing common areas as frequently as possible (door handles, light switches, restrooms, tables). We encourage all clients to come to the Café to receive the food they need, but to not socially gather in the fellowship for longer than necessary at this time. We will also be adding extra tables so that clients have more room to spread out. Those who do not feel comfortable staying to eat their meal at the Cafe, we will provide the option to give you your meal in a takeout container to eat at home. It is your choice. Lastly, please do not come to the Café if you are feeling ill in any way. If you are in need of food, please call the office and we will make arrangements for you. 570-244-8838

The Pantry – 229 S. Broad St. Jersey Shore

The New Love Center Food Pantry will have an alternative food distribution for those scheduled to receive food on Friday, March 27th from 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm however we ask that you remain in your cars. You will be asked to tell the volunteer your name and number of people in your household. Also please inform us if you get a senior box. We are asking clients to please remain in their vehicle, a volunteer will place the food in your car for you. Please do not come before 9 am as clients will be received in a single car lane and food will be loaded as quickly as possible.

PB&J Day

PB&J Day is still scheduled for Monday, March 16th. You can get a jar of peanut butter, jelly, and a loaf of bread, distribution is at 229 South Broad Street, Jersey Shore from 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Backpack Program for students in JSASD

Children in the Jersey Shore Area School District who receive a backpack of food each Friday in school can now receive their backpacks from Phelps Chapel on Thursday evenings, March 19 and 26 from 5 pm – 7 pm. Volunteers will be available outside the church to hand a backpack to each child whose parent brings them to Phelps Chapel – 68 Phelps Chapel Rd. Jersey Shore, just north of Route 220.

As always, providing healthy and nutritious foods for the members of the community is our number one priority. If you are in need of immediate food, please contact the emergency food line at 570-772-3275 and we will do our best to work something out for you.

We will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days and weeks and will update the community if anything changes. We appreciate your understanding as we do our part to help stop the spread of illness in our community.

- Alice M. Fox Cline – Board President