Lutheran Congregational Services, in partnership with the NEPA and SEPA Synods of the ELCA, is leading God’s people to do God’s work by supporting those who are most vulnerable through food donations and other supplies.
We are all experiencing unimaginable challenges and anxiety as we navigate these uncertain times through COVID-19. For those who experience poverty, homelessness, mental illness and addiction, these challenges are often overwhelming.
Lutheran Disaster Response -Eastern PA, a program of Lutheran Congregational Services, in partnership with the ELCA and the NEPA and SEPA Synods, is leading God’s people to do God’s work by supporting those who are most vulnerable and have struggled to feed themselves and their families amidst this pandemic. Hope Lutheran Church in Reading, Pennsylvania is one such community who needs our help.
Hope serves those who worry whether or not they’ll have enough food to themselves and their families. These past few weeks, Hope has seen the need for food assistance increase drastically throughout their community.
While there’s no single reason for the increase, shortages on grocery store shelves, a greater demand for food with children home from school, as well as a loss of jobs that happened almost overnight, are major contributing factors.
The congregation’s feeding ministries, Hope’s Table and Café Esperanza, have been operating at a pace like never before. Normally serving 200 families twice each month, as of early April, Hope Lutheran Church was serving as many as 350 households in just one day.
Other feeding ministries in Eastern Pennsylvania have also seen a dramatic increase in need for food assistance.
· Feast of Justice, a feeding ministry associated with St. John’s Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, saw an additional 175 families seek services to the usual 160 existing families.
· Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Souderton, which just opened its food pantry since social distancing began, served 692 families this past Friday.
· Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities who serves 7,000 households annually and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry in Pike County who serves 225 people each month are also seeing an increase in need.
Throughout the evolution of this pandemic, these feeding ministries have remained committed to providing food for their neighbors in need. This need continues to grow as Pastor Mary Wolfe of Hope Lutheran Church predicts their meal production services will more than double with the duration of this crisis.
You can help provide food for our neighbors in need. Your gift to Lutheran Disaster Response will provide much needed funding for Lutheran feeding ministries throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. With your support, we can do God’s work to serve God’s people and insure that families are fed throughout our communities.
Give your gift to Lutheran Disaster Response today.
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