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Soup Kitchens

The Ecumenical Kitchen or EK is located at 179 W. Chew St., Allentown

Meals are suspended due to the Coronavirus.  We will begin distributing “grab n’ go” lunches beginning Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.  The food box distribution has ended, as we try to move into the next phase of reopening.  For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, please email

Pottsville’s Soup Kitchen or PAK is located at 504 Mahantongo St., Pottsville.

The PAK provides a welcoming, respectful environment demonstrating compassion and support.  Catholic Charities helps hungry adults and children in the Pottsville area by providing hot, nutritious meals 52 weeks per year including holidays.  Serving meals Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays at 12 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, contact: Terry Alexander 570-617-2957 or email

Kennedy House is located at 532 Spruce St., Reading.

It operates as a Soup Kitchen with some food pantry services. After registering, a client may receive prepackaged goods or is encouraged to walk through the pantry to select items including non-perishables, dairy, fresh produce, frozen meats, breads and pastries that will best serve the needs of the family.  The pantry operates on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Note: Closed the month of August); hot meals are served regularly on alternate days.

Food Pantry Locations

Chew Street Community Center

Chew Street Community Center, a program of Catholic Charities, opens its doors to the community. The center provides the neighborhood with a safe space to meet, engage and grow together. The Community Center offers a variety of events and activities such as arts and crafts, movie nights, discussion groups, and special summer/after school programs that also encourage parent engagement.

Our Annual Community Center Christmas Party will be held in December for the children in the community.  We are seeking toy/gift donations for children of all ages, 2-16.  Our party will look a little different this year, but the joy and wonder on the children’s faces remains the same! 

Donations may be dropped off at our Allentown office, located at 900 S. Woodward Street, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Pick-up is also available, please call Lori Mergel at 610-435-1541, ext. 341 or email

THANK YOU for being an Angel to those in need!! 

Contact: Edith Burga

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