Food for Thought
September is Hunger Action Month!
What does that mean for the folks who we serve every day? Our responsibility is to share with all we interact with the need for food in our area. We serve a portion of Lycoming and Clinton counties. Children’s food insecurity is very prevalent in those counties.
Clinton county has one in four children and Lycoming one in five that are food insecure. What does that mean? They may not have breakfast before going to school or dinner at night. On the weekends they lack food for most meals so the importance of the Backpack Program is real. Students whose family sign up will receive a backpack of food for the weekend.
We are blessed to work with a local church (Phelp’s Chapel) that packs those boxes bi-weekly and delivers them to the schools in JSSD.The partnership with Phelps Chapel, JSSD and The New Love Center is one way you can help meet the needs in our area of these students. There are many studies that show that hungry students have difficulty with learning because they’re hungry! Reach out today and ask how you can be part of that Action Team that wants to feed kiddos.
Alice Fox Cline
Making a Difference
August Program Impact
To learn more about each of our programs, including days and hours, click HERE.
385 New Clients
517 Volunteer Hours
4,335 lbs of Food Donated
Weis Donated 1,230.03 lbs of Food
Individuals Donated 389.61 lbs of Food
255.25 Volunteer Hours
363 Individuals Served
221 New Individuals
Fresh Food Farmacy
226 Individuals Served
74 Boxes Distributed
141 Households Impacted
160 Students (Elementary and Middle Schools)
12 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: Pudding Cups (Backpack Program)
October: Small Box of Jello (Any Flavor)
November: Small Can Diced Potatoes, Small Can of Whole Tomatoes
Linda Bierly (right) and Deb Leonard (left) volunteer at our Fresh Food Farmacy located in TNLC’s Henry Street Annex. They also volunteer at the Jersey Shore Drive Thru Pantry.
When asked what they love about volunteering they said, “Watching clients succeed in the program is very rewarding. Having a client say that their sugar has never been this low is so encouraging! We love meeting new people.” Linda and Deb both work in registration, data entry, stocking shelves, and welcoming our clients. Thank you for all that you do!
We read in Isaiah 58:10:
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
On October 1, The New Love Center will celebrate eight of years of serving food to those in need. We’ve learned many things over the years and adapted to changes that the pandemic forced upon us. But we have also been blessed time after time with donations and volunteers and relationships with our clients that are priceless.
I feel quite honored to have been part of this partnership of committed volunteers who want to make sure no-one goes hungry. So many volunteers have gone out of their way to make sure someone who is struggling gets the resources they need to carry on with their lives. Sometimes it is a listening ear, sometimes food, sometimes a referral to a resource in the area that can be of support to them. We thank you for your donations of food and money.
Thank you for all your support. May your light reflect the light of Christ as we serve.
The Rev. Dr. K. Aucker,
Food Pantry Administrator