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Second Harvest Food Bank is looking for volunteers

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 17 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2013 06:12:51 PM CDT

The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley makes sure a lot of folks in our area don't go hungry but the organization needs a boost of its own.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley makes sure a lot of folks in our area don't go hungry but the organization needs a boost of its own.

Stocked shelves are only part of the equation.

“Hunger is an invisible disability,” said Ann McManus, Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley.

The goal of Second Harvest of the Lehigh Valley is to provide food to people who are hungry.

A frenzy called "Free Friday" is happening at the main warehouse in Allentown.

Workers from member agencies covering six counties come and pick up food.

“This is just a blitz to get it out of our coolers and our freezers," said McManus. "It will get consumed, so people will eat it before it has a chance to spoil.”

Some of the people helping are hired staff, others are volunteers.

“I've been in this position on the other side too," said Efrain Rodriguez, a volunteer. "It's a no brainer for me to go and help other people.”

With the summer months fast approaching the agency needs a little help.

It needs more food donations and volunteers.

"They think more about needy people and people who might be hungry usually in the fall and at the holiday season,” said McManus.

“My wife and I on an average of 40 hours a month," said Plainfield Township resident Richard Mackey. "That's why we volunteer.”

You can volunteer at a member agency in your community or at the main warehouse.

On this day the small crew handed out 11,000 pounds of food in one hour.

With a little more help they may be able to do a lot more.

If you would like to volunteer at Second Harvest call (610) 434 - 0875.