Pike County Hands of Hope has received messages from members of the community who wish to donate food to our monthly food distribution. First of all, I would like to say THANK YOU so much for your desire and willingness to help those in your community in need of food.
However, at this time, the food distribution for Pike County Hands of Hope cannot accept donations of food. All of our food is provided by Second Harvest, which is a food bank headquartered in the Lehigh Valley and serves many food distributions throughout Northeastern PA. We pay for the food by the pound, and we pay for the delivery service. Our volunteers unload the truck immediately prior to the distribution time.
If you have food items to donate, we suggest the Wallenpaupack Kids Food Pantry. They will gladly accept donations. There is a donation box at Lake Region IGA in Hawley, and you can also drop off donations at the Wallenpaupack High School M-F between 11 and 1pm. Items needed include peanut butter, jelly, ramen noodles, pancake mix, oatmeal, syrup, boxed mac and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, canned soup and vegetables, tuna fish pouches, and cereal.
Pike County Hands of Hope needs and will happily accept monetary donations as well as volunteers, both for our Hopeline and for the monthly food distribution. We provide gift cards for food and gas, as well as emergency motel stays and rental security deposits for those in urgent need of shelter and food.
In the month of April 2020, our Hopeline received 20 calls for help. Of these calls, 50% were homeless and were placed in motels for varying lengths of time. This was the most concentrated period of homeless person placement on record at Pike County HOH. It is uncertain if this intensity of demand will continue.
Our monthly food distribution program does have monthly costs attached to it. We pay for the food by the pound, and we also pay for the delivery. Additionally, we pick up the tab for other items workers need such as gloves, wipes, and other miscellaneous items.
We do our best to keep our overhead expenses extremely low so that donors can rest assured that their donation is going to the people we serve. We are a 100% volunteer organization, including our Board of Directors. We do not have a physical location, and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Milford kindly allows our Board to meet in their Manse once per month (when we are not under quarantine, that is.) Our expenses are limited to the telephone, website, liability insurance, some postage, and the costs associated with the food distribution. Everything else goes directly to the clients we serve.
Pike County Hands of Hope is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service/Department of the Treasury. Therefore, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. All donors receive an acknowledgment that includes a confirmation of their donation for their tax records.
Checks may be mailed to:
Pike County Hands of Hope
PO Box 654
Milford, PA 18337.
Thank you for thinking of us, and my God richly bless you for your kindness and generosity.
Karen Rice, President