Catholic Social Services has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking assistance as a result of the coronavirus. Appeal gifts help our food pantries, kitchen, shelters and relief-assistance programs provide our friends and neighbors with basic life-sustaining needs such as food, clothing, medications and rent assistance.
Catholic Social Services also provides much-needed counseling, support and resources to individuals, Veterans and families to put them on a solid path to a better future.
St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Hazleton
Catholic Social Services operates St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Hazleton that feeds over 750 families in need each month.
LeeAnn Lywiski, the pantry Supervisor related, “There are many new faces who come multiple times a month because they need the food to survive. Children are out of school and people have lost their jobs and are now in great need.”
“We had a child who asked her father, ‘What are we having for dinner tonight?’ and he answered, ‘Whatever this lady gives us.’” She continued, “The need is so great we had to purchase additional food to give to those without. CSS has been here for many years and we’ll be here for many more.”
Food Pantry, Carbondale
Additional food distributions have taken place in Carbondale to respond to the increased need during the pandemic. Each distribution has provided for 400 to 500 families in the region.
Raymond Ward, a Carbondale resident who was able to pick up boxes of food at the drive-by distribution shared, “I’m thankful for what I get here. It’s like Christmas, going home and opening up the food packages. The food will last me for months. This shows how people really care.”