For the past 19 years, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, the Allentown Rescue Mission partnered with Giant’s, Walmart’s, and other community partners to collect food and supplies for the homeless men it serves. The Allentown Rescue Mission relies on this event to restock its pantry for the following year. This year, the global pandemic changed the way the Thanks for Giving Food & Supplies Drive was run.
To protect its donors, volunteers, men, and staff, the Allentown Rescue Mission chose to host the drive on November 20th & 21st at their office building. Donors were able to use a contactless drop-off option to safely donate without getting out of their cars. Community partners also collected donations off-site and dropped them off at the Allentown Rescue Mission. The Thanks for Giving Food & Supplies Drive changed this year, but the kindness of the community did not.
Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Allentown Rescue Mission collected 49,772 pounds of food and supplies. These donations helped feed and restore men experiencing homelessness throughout the holidays and will continue to feed them this year. The Allentown Rescue Mission thanks the 60 business locations and 100’s donors that participated in the event.
Thanks to its donors, the Allentown Rescue Mission is able to provide shelter, meals, medical care, social services, workforce development classes, and other essential services to homeless men in the Greater Lehigh Valley.