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Food Box Donations

Catholic Charities Ecumenical Kitchen is continuing to put together emergency food boxes intended to feed an average of 4 individuals, with the goal to supplement their groceries with a 3-4 day supply of food. The need is growing as shelter-in-place orders during this Covid-19 crisis continue and the Ecumenical Kitchen is unable to serve prepared meals to the community. We distribute 2,000 lbs. of groceries each week. Items requested to meet the nutritional needs of families include:

·       Canned chicken, tuna or meats
·       Canned fruit or applesauce
·       Jam/jelly*
·       Peanut butter*
·       Boxed dry pasta
·       Dry rice
·       Canned beans*
·       Canned soups*
·       Dry/dehydrated potatoes (instant mashed potatoes, potatoes au gratin, etc.)
·       Spaghetti Sauce*
·       Cereal box/bags*
·       Crackers, snack or granola bars
·       Macaroni & Cheese boxed*
·       Powdered or long-life milk
·       Hand soap
·       Condensed soups
·       Paper towels, toilet paper*
* Most needed items.

If you are interested in donating food items, please contact Mishawn Roberts, Soup Kitchen Coordinator, at .

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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 are distributing food boxes every Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or until all boxes are gone. 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 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 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.

The Center is currently closed due to Covid-19.  Please check back for updates on re-opening. 

The majority of events are free and open to the public.

Contact: Mishawn Roberts

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