An estimated 69,000 people, or 1 in 10, in the Lehigh Valley are food insecure, many of whom are children. Of these, many are unable to access public benefits because they are considered to be above the poverty line, $23,000 for a family of four. Children who don’t have enough to eat are more likely to be hospitalized and face higher risks of health conditions like anemia and asthma. As they grow up, kids struggling to get enough to eat are more likely to have problems in school and other social situations. The JLLV has created community partnerships and programs to help address the issue of food access in the Lehigh Valley.
Blessing in a Backpack
Every Friday throughout the school year, members of the JLLV bring and pack fresh fruit and non-perishable food items for families of pre-schoolers at Marvine Elementary, ensuring that children have continued access to nourishing food over the weekend when they are away from school. Members also bring a book to share with the class, a highlight of every volunteer’s experience!
Marvine Food Pantry