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NAFB on WGBH-TV (Ch. 60) 'Taking the Initiative'

Posted by Jim Byrnes, Director on September 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Because its new website provides the ability to view archival programs of the Rev. William Kunze's "Taking the Initiative" show that airs on WGBH-TV (Ch. 60), please click on http://player.vimeo.com/video/21128053 to see the program featuring the Nazareth Area Food Bank that aired on Sept. 28, 2010. 

THANKS TO NAZARETH COMMUNITY, LETTER CARRIERS

Posted by Jim Byrnes, Director on May 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM Comments comments (0)

The Nazareth Area Food Bank is grateful once again to residents of the Nazareth area for their response and the outpouring of support for the national Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" collection of food that was delivered to the Food Bank  all throughout the day on Saturday, May 14.


The local letter carriers kept Food Bank volunteers hopping all day, first in helping to unload their U.S. Postal Service trucks, trundling the food into the building and initially weighing, unpacking and sorting the donations of food picked up from homes in the community.  


However, by early afternoon the influx of food had become so great that all the Food Bank workers could do was cart the collected food into the building for unloading, with weighing and sorting to be done during the following week.


The community's support of the letter carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" campaign is one more example that Nazareth is a giving community whose residents are aware of and responsive to the needs of those among us who need help with food, said Food Bank Director Jim Byrnes. 


"The amount of food donated by the community is truly a blessing to those we serve," said Byrnes.


A final tally of the weight of the food donated in the letter carriers' collection will be reported later, Byrnes said.





New Saturday Hours for Food Donations, Volunteer Opportunity

Posted by Jim Byrnes, Director on March 29, 2011 at 9:21 PM Comments comments (1)

Beginning Saturday, April 2, the Food Bank will be open from 9 - 11 a.m. on Saturdays to accept donations of non-perishable food items. 


The new schedule of weekend hours is because some folks have told us they find it difficult to drop off food during our regular Tuesday evening and Friday morning hours.


The new schedule also means new volunteer opportunities for people who want to give of their time for a worthy community cause but are unable to do so during the week.


If you'd like to volunteer, please send email to nazarethareafoodbank@gmail.com or call us at 610-365-8869.


Thanks much in advance!

Concert for the Poor a Huge Success

Posted by Jim Byrnes, Director on March 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to music ministers Janice Butz, Susan Frickert and Jeanne Serfas, the choir members from five Nazareth-area churches -- including children choristers -- and to musicians Alexandra Viscosi and Jeff Bruce for lending their talents and making the 12th Annual Concert for the Poor a huge success March 20 in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.


Patch.com: Nazareth Area Food Bank Announces Launch of Website

Posted by Jim Byrnes, Director on February 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Volunteers in the news:  Nazareth Area Food Bank Announces Launch of Website

 

Information on the food bank now has a home on the Web.

 

By Mallory Vough, Nazareth Patch.com, February 22, 2011

(http://nazareth.patch.com/articles/nazareth-area-food-bank-announces-launch-of-website)

 

The Nazareth Area Food Bank is now connected.

 

In a statement released yesterday, Jim Byrnes, the director of the food bank, announced the launch of the foodbank’s own website: www.nazarethareafoodbank.org

 

Serving as an information source, added the statement, the website will offer basic information, including hours of operation for donations and pick-up, needed items, weekly essentials, and more.

 

The website was developed by three MartinGuitar employees.  Robin Connolly, Carmen Cortez and Mike Zehner created the site as part of their undergraduate degree program at Muhlenberg College.

 

“Robin, Carmen and Mike showed great interest in learning as much as they could about our efforts to help people in need and what sort of project they could take on to help us in a major way as an organization,” Byrnes said in the statement.  “We are really indebted to them for finding the means to host and develop the site and for designing what we launched today.  And they did this all on their own time, over discussions at lunch and then after their workdays ended at Martin Guitar.”

 

The Nazareth Area Food Bank serves people who live within the Nazareth Area School District, which includes the following municipalities: Nazareth, Stockertown, Tatamy, Bushkill Township,Lower Nazareth Township and Upper Nazareth Township.

 

 


Express-Times: Nazareth Area Food Bank launches website

Posted by Jim Byrnes, Director on February 22, 2011 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Nazareth Area Food Bank launches website

 By Pamela Sroka-Holzmann | The Express-Times, February 21, 2011
 

(http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/nazareth/index.ssf/2011/02/nazareth_area_food_bank_launch.html)

 

The nonprofit Nazareth Area Food Bank has launched a website that will become a source of information about the organization for the public, the nonprofit's representatives said.

 

The website was created by three employees of Martin Guitar: Robin Connolly,Carmen Cortez and Mike Zehner – as part of their undergraduate degree program at Muhlenberg College.

 

"Robin, Carmen and Mike showed great interest in learning as much asthey could about our efforts to help people in need and what sort of projectt hey could take on to help us in a major way as an organization,"  said food bank Director Jim Byrnes in a statement. "We are really indebted to them for finding the means to host and develop the site and for designing what we launched today. And they did this all on their own time, over discussions at lunch and then after their workdays ended at Martin Guitar."

 

The food bank provides nonperishable food items monthly to more than 200 residents living in the Nazareth community. Specifically, it serves people living within the six municipalities that comprise the Nazareth Area School District – the boroughs of Nazareth, Stockertown and Tatamy and Bushkill, Lower Nazareth and Upper Nazareth townships.

 

For most of its history, the foodbank operated at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church before acquiring its own building –- a 120-year-old former railroad freight station -- in September 2008. The food bank relies solely on the work of volunteers and donations.

 

Aside from its history and information about its operations, the food bank's website also offers hours of operation for the distribution of food to clients as well as items needed.

 

Current items needed include basic nonperishables such as canned or  jar goods: vegetables, beans, fruit, soups, pasta sauce and meals such as stew and ravioli. Boxed items, such as breakfast cereal, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, rice or noodles; canned tuna or salmon and Spam, also are needed.

 

The organization also provides loaves of fresh bread and a portion of packaged frozen meat products.

 

Byrnes said the evolution of the website's development will be ongoing to reflect the food bank's work and needsgoing forward. 

 

The food bank can be contacted bydialing 610-365-8869 or at nazarethareafoodbank@gmail.com.

 

 

 


News release: NAZARETH AREAFOOD BANK LAUNCHES WEBSITE

Posted by Jim Byrnes, Director on February 21, 2011 at 10:39 PM Comments comments (0)

 

NAZARETH AREAFOOD BANK LAUNCHES WEBSITE

 

 

NAZARETH,Pa. – February 22, 2011 – The Nazareth Area Food Bank., Inc., today announced it has launched its own web site – www.nazarethareafoodbank.org– as a source of information about the non-profit organization that provides non-perishable food items each month to more than 200 residents of the Nazareth community.

 

The web site offers basic information about the Food Bank, including hours of operation for the distribution of food to clients and for the donation of food items from the individuals, churches, schools, businesses and other organizations whose contributions sustain the Food Bank. 

 

The Food Bank is a certified tax-exempt, non-profit entity that relies entirely on donations and the work of volunteers to help address hunger in the Nazareth area.  It serves people who live within the six municipalities that comprise the Nazareth Area School District – the boroughs of Nazareth, Stockertown and Tatamy, and Bushkill, Lower Nazareth and Upper Nazareth Townships.

 

The web site includes links to area churches whose congregations contribute regularly to the Food Bank, as well as area service clubs, the School District, the Borough of Nazareth, Nazareth Memorial Library and other organizations.

 

The web site was developed on a volunteer basis by three employees of Martin Guitar– Robin Connolly, Carmen Cortez and Mike Zehner – as part their undergraduate degree program at Muhlenberg College.

 

“Robin, Carmen and Mike showed great interest in learning as much as they could about our efforts to help people in need and what sort of project they could take on to help us in a major way as an organization,” said Food Bank Director Jim Byrnes.  “We are really indebted to them for finding the means to host and develop the site and for designing what we launched today.  And they did this all on their own time, over discussions at lunch and then after their work days ended at Martin Guitar.”

 

Byrnes said evolution of the web site’s development will be ongoing to reflect the Food Bank’s work and needs going forward. The Food Bank can be contacted by dialing 610-365-8869 or at nazarethareafoodbank@gmail.com.

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Business of The Week

Posted by Jim Byrnes, Director on February 11, 2011 at 9:09 AM Comments comments (0)

Volunteers in the News Business of the Week: Nazareth Area Food Bank

 

The Nazareth Area Food Bank assists about 250 to 280 families and individuals each month.

 

By Mallory Vough | Email the author | February 2, 2011

 

 

On the second Tuesday and the following Wednesday of every month, about 250 to 280 local families and individuals descend upon the Nazareth Area Food Bank.

 

They are arriving, according to Jim Byrnes, the director of the food bank, to pick up two “sets” of non-perishable foods, each worth about $35.

 

In a bittersweet way, the non-profit organization has come far from its humble beginnings in a narrow pantry at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in the mid-80s.

 

 

At that time, a small group of volunteers helped keep 30 families fed. That number has steadily increased through the years, according to Byrnes, a Forks Township resident who has been involved with the food bank for five years.

 

“When I became involved five years ago, we served 90 to 100 families and individuals,” he said. “Now it’s 240, 250, 275.”

 

Byrnes believes unemployment and underemployment are the reasons behind the growing need.

 

“The numbers have mushroomed due to the economic instability in the Lehigh Valley,” he added.

 

Byrnes stated numerous times that the food bank has been “blessed in so many ways.”

 

In 2008, Essroc sold the old Lackawanna Freight Station Professional Building at a discounted price to the food bank when the church’s space was no longer adequate.

 

In addition, Sodexo, Inc. donated new shelving and taught volunteers how to best utilize the space in the building.

 

Local churches, businesses, schools and individuals help keep the food bank running on a sustaining basis, according to Byrnes.

 

Consumer safety is a priority at the Nazareth Area Food Bank.

 

“Every can is checked before it’s put on our shelves,” said Carol Seaton, a Nazareth native who has been a volunteer since Dec. 2008.

 

According to Byrnes, items with old “Sell By” dates are never used.

 

“Some people think it’s OK to empty out their pantries and donate outdated items,” he said. “I can’t take the risk of giving people outdated foods.”

 

When picking up food on the designated days, individuals can expect to head home with two “sets” of non-perishable food items, a loaf of fresh bread and a loaf of day-old bread.

 

A package of organic meat products is also available courtesy of Applegate Farms, which has a warehouse in Wescosville.

 

Local church members and Moravian Hall Square residents knit hats and scarves that individuals are allowed to take, and free coloring books are made available to children.

 

There is also a section of various items that range from baby formula to pickles. Individuals and families are allowed to take two items from this section each month.

 

When asked who utilizes the food bank, Byrnes quoted, verbatim, an excerpt found on a pamphlet labeled “The Face of Hunger in Nazareth.”

 

“Hunger in Nazareth is the single grandmother struggling to support three generations, including herself and disabled adults.

 

“Hunger in Nazareth is the young couple coping with unemployment, rising housing and fuel costs while trying to feed two kids.

 

Hunger in Nazareth is the aged widow who needs basic non-perishable food items to supplement her meager monthly allowance.”

 

Food Pick-up Location & Time:

529 S Main Street, Nazareth

Second Tuesday and the following Wednesday of the month

Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

Food Donations Received:

Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 

Monetary donations can be sent to:

P.O. Box 178

Nazareth, PA 18064


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