417 N. 14th Street, Suite 101, Allentown PA 18102 ask@allentownfoodbank.org 610.821.1332

Our Facts

Food distribution

Our Mission and History

The Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank exists solely to provide relief to those who are food insecure in Lehigh County through the support of  foundations, local congregations, businesses, organizations, and individuals. Persons living outside Lehigh County are referred to food banks in their respective areas.

The Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank was founded on Oct. 4, 1978, by ministers of churches in the city who recognized the need to feed the less fortunate. The organization was based in the basement of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on South Fifth St. until demand for services forced the food bank for an expanded facility. The organization moved to its current location in Alliance Hall at Sixth and Chew streets in Feb. 1992 through a rental agreement with the Lehigh Conference of Churches. Since March 2017 the Food Bank has a new rental agreement with Alliance Hall.

Our Organization

The food bank is run by a Board of Directors comprised primarily of members of area churches. Its work is powered five days a week by six part-time employees and approximately 200 volunteers.

Sources of Food and Costs

The majority of the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank’s supply is provided by the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley, which is supported by state and federal governments. The Allentown Food Bank also receives substantial food donations from churches, area businesses, scout groups, benevolent organizations, and individuals. The food bank also purchases items with its own funds on the open market when necessary.

The current cost to operate the 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.

Working With Us

Participation in the work of the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank shall not be restricted. Any individual, congregation, organization, or business may participate by donating time and/or service, food, or money. The Food Bank shall be operated and staffed by volunteers and paid employees. The major role of leadership shall come from local congregations.

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Our Charity Status and Accountability

The Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and is certified by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through their Bureau of Charitable Organizations. The food bank files a federal tax return annually using IRS form 990 in accordance with federal law and provides it here in the spirit of transparency and accountability.

Our IRS 501(c)(3) Status Letter
Our Latest IRS 990 Tax Form

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The Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank is Allentown’s only daily food bank, assisting families in need from Monday through Friday. Every dollar of your support helps provide this crucial support to approximately 25,000 people or more each year.

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