Air Merchandise Basis donates $500K to United Manner of the Better Lehigh Valley to assist broaden training and meals entry applications

Air Merchandise introduced a $500,000 donation on Monday in assist of three native organizations targeted on training and meals insecurity.

Laurie Hackett is the Director of Group Relations and Philanthropy for the corporate.

“The influence of this contribution from the Air Merchandise Basis is de facto going to be felt all through the Lehigh Valley,” Hackett stated.

“What the grant will permit us to do is to permit us to determine an open-air market within the West Ward,” stated Jared Mast, the manager director of the Better Easton Growth Partnership, which is receiving funds for a brand new West Ward Meals Market, launching this summer time.

“We proceed to see challenges not solely with meals entry however with the power to buy meals,” Mast stated.

The second grant goes to the Bethlehem Space Faculty District for extra psychological well being and after-school providers at Thomas Jefferson Elementary. The Hispanic Middle Lehigh Valley is utilizing the cash for a brand new truck to fulfill rising demand for its meals pantry program.

United Manner President David Lewis says it is a essential time.

In line with Feeding America, 1 in 10 Lehigh Valley residents expertise meals insecurity.

“For college kids, for our youngest inhabitants it is 1 in 6 so you understand that is only a scary quantity,” Lewis stated.

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