Feeding Military Families

By Briana McGonagle 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 Read more

GIANT Food Stores Donates $216K

By Briana McGonagle 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 P Read more

Second Harvest Food Bank Receives Superior Rating

By Briana McGonagle 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 Internationa Read more

Keeping it Fresh

By Briana McGonagle 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!

By Briana McGonagle 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 charit Read more

Welcoming New Board Chair, Michael Tukeva

By Briana McGonagle 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 D Read more

Farm Fresh and Never Wasted

By Briana McGonagle 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 who Read more

Fighting Childhood Hunger: Welcome, Meredith Mecca

By Briana McGonagle 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 nutriti Read more

Tropical Storm Harvey Disaster Relief Response

By Briana McGonagle 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 Read more

PASS the Peas, Please

By Briana McGonagle 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 mak Read more