Together We Are Stronger

We live in a FANTASTIC community. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we knew Havertown was a great place to live. The kindness, generosity, and willingness to help that we have experienced over the past six weeks has continued to reinforce that belief.

Last month (March 2020), was the first time we did not hold our routine shopping day. The shutdown and social distancing forced us to ‘close’ for the month. However, a dedicated group of volunteers still managed to deliver bags of food to our friends in need. After that day, our shelves were near empty. Probably as empty as they have ever been since we opened in June 2016.

Our unofficial ‘uniform’

Low and behold, since March 29th, we have received countless donations from throughout the township. Both financial donations (through the PayPal tied to this website) and physical donations dropped off at Temple Lutheran. We received enough to repeat our current ‘home delivery’ model of service for this month. The monetary donations are being used to purchase additional foodstuffs as we are receiving more frequent inquiries for help during this challenging time.

This month we received an additional donation of fresh apples and potatoes. Along with the other donations, this allowed us to donate two pre-packed bags of food to our patrons. Yesterday (April 25, 2020), eight different ‘teams’ delivered those two bags of food to 54 families in our area.

All lined up and ready for pick up!

We even had four different people stop with donations during our pick-up time! That’s the kind of place we live in. A place that looks out for others during times of crisis or hardship. We may not be able to ‘control’ the coronavirus, but we CAN control our behavior and our response to it. We can follow safe practices. We can explore creative ways to socialize. And we can continue to help one another. What may seem like a small gesture may in fact, have a BIG impact on someone else. THANK YOU ALL.

April 25, 2020 Service Day Delivery Plans

Friends, Neighbors, and Patrons –

As you well know, the past few weeks have been like nothing we have experienced before. We are praying that you have been able to remain out of harm’s way and have managed to stay healthy. While Social Distancing has been helping to flatten the curve, we can agree that there are costs involved. We are wearing masks/gloves in public and we’re not gathering together as we would all like to.

Unfortunately, this means that we will NOT be holding our typical service day get-together again this month. However, we WILL be delivering pre-packed bags of food – as we did last month. Sorry, but we are not stocked well enough in order to take specific requests right now.

We have a sizable number of bags made up so far and will continue filling more throughout the week. Our group of volunteers will be picking up and delivering these bags in the early afternoon this coming Saturday (4/25/20).

If you are new to the TLC Food Pantry and were planning to visit us in person this month, send an inquiry email to the address below and we will send you a Registration Form. Once we have that information, we will reach out with information on how we can help.

Please continue to pray for everyone in our neighborhood, town, and country. There are certainly many troubling stories in the media right now, but there are also SO many uplifting and encouraging stories as well. You just may need to look a little deeper in order to find them;-)

God Bless – the TLC Food Pantry Team

The POWER of Community!!

Social Distancing or not, the power of community is a force beyond all measure! Around 12:00 today, a small “food delivery task force” assembled outside TLC Food Pantry. Their mission?? To ensure regular monthly food service to our patrons and to some new friends as well – albeit in a different manner than we are accustomed to.

Our regular monthly food service involves lots of friendship and fellowship. We gather together, share a little snack and some coffee, and then walk hand-in-hand to ‘shop’ from the pantry shelves. I feel confident in saying that everyone involved genuinely looks forward to our monthly get-togethers.

COVID-19 threw a big, fat wrench in those plans of course (like it has done to just about everyone else worldwide). But people are Good. Amidst all the anxiety, fear, and stress out there, you can see that people are looking out for each other. They want to lend a hand in any way possible. That’s exactly what we saw with today’s plan.

Forty bags of food were packed and prepared earlier this week. Countless phone calls and emails were exchanged to pull together the extensive delivery plan. Volunteers reached out offering to drive bags around Delaware county and into Philadelphia. Then, despite the rain on this Saturday late in March, minivans, SUVs, cars, and trucks pulled up to TLC, were loaded up with bags of food, and took off again on their assigned routes. (all while maintaining a 6 foot radius and using lots of Clorox wipes;-)

It was not our regular service day by any stretch of the imagination. Although it might have just been the best, most heart-felt one yet…

March 28, 2020 Food Service Plans

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Friends, Neighbors, and Patrons –

We have been closely monitoring the ever-changing landscape of our both our town and our country in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our primary concern if for the health, safety, and well-being of everyone in our community.

We also know that Social Distancing is making it even more challenging for some to get work, earn a paycheck, or obtain basic food supplies. We have been exploring various ways on how to reach out to provide support for anyone struggling with food insecurity during this challenging time.

In order to maintain safe social distances, we will NOT be holding our regular group, shopping style service day this coming Saturday. Rather, we are making arrangements to deliver a pre-packaged bag of food to our regular attendees. Unlike our routine monthly shopping dates, the food bags are composed of standard items. Please understand that our supply is limited this month and we are doing the best to stay equitable for all. We are planning to recruit a group of volunteers to deliver these bags this coming Saturday (3/28/20).

If you are new to the TLC Food Pantry and were planning to visit us this month, send an inquiry email to the address below and we will send you a Registration Form. Once we have that information, we will reach out with information on how we can help.

We are praying for everyone in our neighborhood, town, and country right now. Regardless of the underlying cause, difficult times are always made more manageable when we are able to come together. Even if we are not able to come together physically, there is still much we ARE able to do for one another. Continue to look our for each other and please reach out with any service requests. We will update this blog as often as we have news or updates to share.

God Bless – the TLC Food Pantry Team

December 28, 2019 – Hot Lunch Service Day

Many hands working together – to share a meal.

If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
– James 2:15-17

This coming Saturday (12/28/19), TLC Food Pantry will be hosting a Hot Lunch prior to our regular Food Service Day. We have organized a large volunteer group to prepare a scrumptious hot meal: fresh turkey, ham, various vegetable dishes, mac & cheese, and plenty of holidays treats!!

Lunch Service will begin at 12:00. We will work to get the doors open around 11:30a.

Following lunch, we will also have our regular, monthly food shopping time. Two ‘TLC Food Pantry’ bags worth, plus extra fresh produce this month!! (If you have previously received our blue bags with our logo on it, please be sure to bring them back with you this month).

If you have never been to TLC before, we are at 501 Brookline Blvd, Havertown, PA 19083. There is some street parking along Brookline. HOWEVER – please be courteous of our neighbors and do not block any driveways or double-park. You are also able to use the lot behind the Senior Surrey Center (located one block away). When entering the building, you will follow the signs and enter through the courtyard entrance.

Follow the Arrows!

We sincerely hope you will join us on Saturday. All are welcome and if you know a friend, neighbor, colleague, or anyone perhaps down on his or her luck – please bring them with you or let them know how to find us.

We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in 2020!!