Second Harvest Food Bank Needs Your Online Support
Second Harvest of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania’s summer nutrition education pilot program, Food for Thought, is one of 15 featured ideas on the Shoprite and Pepsi Refresh Everything Project. The top five vote-getting food banks will each receive $10,000 to support their project. Voting is open to anyone 13 years of age or older until August 16 (and you can vote daily).
Food for Thought: Healthy Meals for Families, a pilot program co-sponsored by Second Harvest and Community Services for Children (CSC), consists of 6 cooking classes covering a range of topics, from general nutrition, to basic cooking skills, to meal planning and budgeting, to the importance of eating together as a family. Kati Fosselius, a dietitian with the Allentown Health Bureau, and Todd Saylor, Executive Chef at Sodexo, have volunteered to teach the program. Participants also receive information about the many food assistance programs available to low-income people and can sign up for those programs for which they are eligible. The program is offered to women and families who are currently enrolled in Community Services for Children’s Early Head Start Program, a free educational program for low-income pregnant women and families with children from birth to three years of age.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bring a large corporate grant for an important Lehigh Valley program, but we need strong community participation to bring this program into the top 5. Personally, I think the Lehigh Valley’s committed residents can push this to the number 1 spot.