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Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and NE Pennsylvania
Allentown, PA 18104
Details: Second Harvest Food Bank began its mission to end hunger in October of 1982 as the Lehigh Valley Food Bank, a program of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. (CACLV). The Food Bank did not have a permanent location at the beginning. Initially, distributions were made from the back of a rented truck and then Bethlehem Steel Corporation donated warehouse space that was used for nearly four years. In 1986, thanks to the generosity of the local community, we were able to purchase a 7,600 square foot warehouse at 1138 North Godfrey Street in Allentown. The Food Bank remained there for seven years before moving to a new warehouse more than twice the size of the old one. That building, located at 2045 Harvest Way in Allentown, is where the Food Bank currently operates. Shortly after moving to the current warehouse location, the Lehigh Valley Food Bank changed its name to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. This change was made as a result of the Food Bank’s partnership with Feeding America (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest) the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. The new name also better reflected the Food Bank’s growing service area which now encompasses Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Wayne counties.