As we know, the city of Allentown has undergone dramatic transformations in the past few years that have brought fine dining, high-end retail, and a top-notch sports arena to the downtown. Meanwhile, the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank – the only food bank that serves the city’s neediest families five days a week – will always need your donations to continue to serve those less fortunate.
Our food bank already runs an exceptionally lean operation, making meaningful spending reductions impossible. Our staff consists of six part-time employees, and approximately 200 volunteers provide about 3,900 hours of serve each year to keep things going.
As we provide food to approximately 25,000 people each year – of which more than 35 percent are children – a suspension of our service would be devastating to a large number of real people. These people may include a family at your church that is forced to choose between heating the house or putting food on the table or anybody like you and me who faces unexpected job losses, illness, or other catastrophic events.
We have taken an important step by introducing our new website at AllentownFoodBank.org on April 1, 2016. The site provides information for clients and potential clients and provides a quick, safe, and easy way for people like you to support our efforts with your greatly needed contributions.
With the activation of this site, we are issuing a special appeal to people like you to help the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank stabilize its depleting finances and ensure that the city’s neediest families do not go hungry while the city enjoys greater success. Every contribution makes a big difference. For example, a $10 donation can provide a family of three with a short duration food supply. Every dollar really does matter!
All money raised allows our food bank to provide a most basic necessity to those who truly need it. You can make your donation easily at AllentownFoodBank.org on your PC, laptop, or smart phone. You also may download an appeal form and send a check or money order. We are asking our partner churches to add this notice to its weekly bulletins and on its digital media platforms. Don’t forget that your employer may have a matching gift policy that could make an even greater difference.
With your support, we can make a positive impact today in our community by helping to alleviate hunger.
Very sincerely yours,
Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank Board of Directors
The current cost to operate the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank five days a week, excluding donated food, is approximately $200,000 annually. Since the food bank does not charge its clients in any way, all of these funds must be donated to the food bank each year. The food bank is happy to accept contributions from individuals, companies, benevolent groups, churches, trusts, and estates.
When you donate to the Allentown Food Bank, you can be certain that all funds will be used to fund food purchases and direct the food bank’s operations. Every dollar of your support helps provide this crucial support to approximately 25,000 people or more each year. Contributions usually are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Give to the Allentown Food Bank
Donations also can be made by check or money order and sent by postal mail to:
Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank
245 North Sixth St.
Allentown, PA 18102
Honorary and Memorial Gifts
A special way to honor a loved one is through an honorary or memorial gift to the Allentown Food Bank. These gifts can be declared by sending with a note along with your check or by contacting the food bank after making a donation on the web.
The Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank is a nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status. Its federal tax identification number is 23-2214543. The official registration and financial information of the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1.800.732.0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.