News

The Coolest Guy at Second Harvest

February 12, 2019 2:42 pm


Q&A with Dave Cool, Agency Relations Coordinator   Dave has worked at Second Harvest for more than ten years, starting out on our warehouse crew. When he’s not on the job, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and coaching his daughter’s softball team. We caught up with him for a Q&A about his role in the agency. Q: What does your job entail? A: As agency relations coordinator, my main job is to see that each of our 200 nonprofit member agencies are train ... Read more

Red, White, & Blue…and Orange

February 12, 2019 2:32 pm


We’ve grown accustomed to the color of bright orange. That’s because Team Depot, Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, has become a staple here in our warehouse, helping us to sort food and pack boxes, and always doing so in a signature orange shirt! The Home Depot has also supplied funds that have helped us launch our MilitaryShare program. Shannon Brown, Regional Services Manager, is proud: “The Home Depot truly lives and breathes our values from the top leaders down. We are ... Read more

Feeding Military Families

February 12, 2019 2:16 pm


Second Harvest’s new MilitaryShare program, launched in January, provides dry goods, fresh produce, dairy, and lean meat to veteran, reserve, and active duty military members and their families at sites across Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties. It is a true veterans-helping-veterans initiative; many of the boxes are packed by volunteers from military and veteran organizations. One in every five families who use a food pantry within the Feeding America network has a veteran in the home. ... Read more

GIANT Food Stores Donates $216K

July 3, 2018 8:13 pm


Second Harvest Food Bank can now serve hundreds more children through its Backpack Buddies Program To celebrate its 95th year in business, GIANT Food Stores will be making a big impact within its footprint communities. Christopher Brand, Director of External Communications and Community Relations for GIANT, announced that the grocer will be donating $216,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania’s Backpack Buddies Program. Mr. Brand says, “Being in the ... Read more

Second Harvest Food Bank Receives Superior Rating

March 9, 2018 4:59 pm


Food safety at the Foodbank is top in the nation Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania has received a superior rating from the American Institute of Baking (AIB) International. Second Harvest scored 905 out of a possible 1,000 points – the highest score the Foodbank has ever achieved. AIB International offers the foremost food handling and food safety accreditation. AIB International was founded in 1919 as a technology and information transfer center for ... Read more

Keeping it Fresh

February 20, 2018 2:01 pm


Our goal is not only to provide food to our neighbors in need, but to provide the freshest and healthiest foods. In order to do so, we purchased our first refrigerated truck in 2017, (more…)

Udderly Fantastic!

February 20, 2018 1:59 pm


Fresh milk is one of the best things we can provide to a family. It’s loaded with vitamins and nutrients essential for the healthy growth and development of a kid’s body and mind. Milk is very seldom donated, and since it isn’t inexpensive, we were never able to offer it to our member agencies. This all changed in 2016, when we began our Fill a Glass with Hope™ fresh milk program. We are now licensed as a charitable milk sub-dealer, meaning we can purchase milk from dairies at a reduc ... Read more

Welcoming New Board Chair, Michael Tukeva

February 20, 2018 1:51 pm


In January, we honored long-time advisory board member and then chair, Tony Muir for his 10 years of service.  Tony couldn’t have been more dedicated to the growth and well-being of the Food Bank.  He was committed to ensuring that Second Harvest was a healthy and efficiently-run organization. We will surely miss his guidance and leadership. Tony’s last act as board chair was to welcome Michael Tukeva, Executive Director of Pocono Alliance, to the role. Pocono Alliance is a non-profit t ... Read more

Farm Fresh and Never Wasted

February 20, 2018 1:48 pm


Growing food from the earth is hard and dirty work. George and Annette Cuzzolino, the owners of Casa Bianca Farm in Mount Bethel, started selling their vegetables on a card table on the side of the road 10 years ago using a coffee can honor system. From there they graduated to a roadside stand and eventually their operation evolved into a fully-fledged Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Now they sell their products wholesale and offer pick-your-own blueberries by appointment. George and A ... Read more

Fighting Childhood Hunger: Welcome, Meredith Mecca

January 2, 2018 6:04 am


We are pleased to introduce Meredith Mecca, our newest Nutrition Educator. Meredith’s special focus will be on childhood nutrition. We are lucky to have her thanks to a generous grant from the Our Family Foundation of GIANT Food Stores. Meredith comes to us from an extensive background of working with both children and adults in educational and volunteer settings. Meredith tells us:  "I am passionate about nutrition, particularly in children.  Having spent many years teaching, I have s ... Read more

Tropical Storm Harvey Disaster Relief Response

August 30, 2017 7:31 pm


Second Harvest Food Bank is a proud Member of the Feeding America national network of Food Banks. As a network, we also respond to disasters and emergency situations. Right now, our brother and sister Food Banks in the Gulf Coast Region need all of the support they can get as they serve thousands of people impacted by Harvey. Click here for an update on the Harvey Disaster Response, and to find out how you can help. Our heart goes out to the residents of the Gulf Coast as they overcome this d ... Read more

PASS the Peas, Please

April 14, 2017 9:40 pm


Last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture rolled out a new program aimed at putting healthy and fresh food grown or raised by Pennsylvania farmers and producers on the plates of those who typically can’t afford it.  The inaugural year of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) was a success for all partners involved, from our local family farmers to the families we serve who are struggling to make ends meet. Through PASS, the PA Department of Agriculture provides th ... Read more

First Ever Food Truck Food Drive is Great Success!

April 14, 2017 9:13 pm


The first ever Food Truck Food Drive was a huge success! WFMZ and Dorney Park teamed up to collect thousands of pounds of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley.  Hundreds of cars came to Dorney Park to drop off non-perishable donations, and stayed for lunch from some local favorite food trucks. The grand total came to 9,543 pounds! All together, that equates to nearly 8,000 meals! Read more here.

Second Harvest Food Bank Just Got a Whole Lot Cooler

April 13, 2017 3:13 am


Refrigerated Truck Allows Food Bank to Distribute Perishable Foods to Those in Need Because healthy food is expensive, when times are tight, the first items to be eliminated from a family’s grocery list are inevitably the most nutritious. Out of necessity, boxes of pasta, macaroni and cheese, and canned soups are chosen over fresh apples, chicken breast, and milk.  As a result, many lower-income families experience nutrition related health problems. It is the mission of the Second Harv ... Read more