Food for Thought
As we look to the end of August (where did the summer go!) and the beginning of another school year we are reminded more and more of the need for nutritious food. During the past several months TNLC has seen the increased need for food with families young and old having to make the hard choice between groceries, medical needs and utility payments. This is a choice no family should have to make.
Yet TNLC is here to help those in need! Our cafe serves lunch Monday through Friday, providing a nutritious meal for anyone that stops. There is no fee, just wholesome meals served by a dedicated staff that is willing to serve with a kind word and ready smile. Our food distribution occurs three times a month in two different locations. The Backpack program will start up again once school begins. Parents just need to register their child or children through the Jersey Shore School District. Find out more about all the programs that TNLC offers on our website HERE.
In the coming months we will continue to keep the TNLC community informed of how you can be a part of The New Love Center. Whether you give of your time or donate food or funds, those in our community will be so appreciative of every hour and every meal. We are blessed by the generosity of many and the willingness of our volunteers to assist in this essential ministry. Please know that we are here to provide food, a listening ear, a word of encouragement, and above all to share the love of Christ.
Alice Fox Cline
Making a Difference
July Program Impact
To learn more about each of our programs, including days and hours, click HERE.
416 New Clients
648 Volunteer Hours
3,166 lbs of Food Donated
Weis Donated 1,030.56 lbs of Food
Individuals Donated 509.58 lbs of Food
242.25 Volunteer Hours
360 Individuals Served
138 New Individuals
Fresh Food Farmacy
245 Individuals Served
72 Boxes Distributed
141 Households Impacted
160 Students (Elementary and Middle Schools)
15 People Picked Up
Please come in and see what we do, with a first hand look at how you can make a difference, and get your questions answered.
To set up a time to visit, call the office at 570-244-8838 or click HERE.
Currently: Grape Jelly (Food Pantry), Cheerios
September: Pudding Cups (Backpack Program), Cheerios
October: Small Box of Jello (Any Flavor), Cheerios
November: Small Can Diced Potatoes, Small Can of Whole Tomatoes, Cheerios
Faye Revie has volunteered at The New Love Center for close to seven years. It’s hard to believe, but this year she has celebrated her 99th birthday! When asked what she loves most about volunteering she responded, “I just love being with the girls and the community, they are so good to me!” Thank you, Faye and happy birthday!
Inclusive Food Ministry
We know that compassion to the food- insecure is more than food distribution. It is a ministry to the whole person – mind, body, spirit.
Our tendency is to think locally and the immediate. But what are the wider issues? Do we pray for proper weather for major crop growers? Do we pray that processors will render safe and reasonably priced goods? Do we pray for governments, politicians and transporters to be honest and upright?
2 May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.
3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4 May he defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
may he crush the oppressor.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.