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Be The Spark - For Food & Housing Access

The US National Library of Medicine defines food insecurity as having uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food or the inability to acquire foods in socially acceptable ways. This expansive problem is in connection with housing instability, which is when families have difficulty paying rent, spend more than 50% of their income on housing, frequently move, and live in overcrowded conditions.

Every year, the problem of food and housing insecurity leads to educational deficits and health consequences that affect families. The issue of food and housing access is not only a national epidemic, but also greatly impacts community members in the greater Lehigh Valley.



Help us give more to this issue and raise awareness in 2017 by making a tax-deductible gift with our PayPal account. LVCF donor-advised funds can provide support with a simple email request.


Lehigh Valley Perspectives: Food & Housing Access

Brett Feldman, Director of the Street Medicine program, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Marc Rittle, Co-Founder of the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council, Senior Director of Community Impact, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, May 31, 3:00 p.m.  | Tour of the Food Bank will follow the program
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania. | 6969 Silver Crest Road, Nazareth Pa.

Attend our awareness event to meet other funders and to hear from community leaders and organizations serving this important issue. To register, contact Erika Riddle Petrozelli, Director of Donor Services, at


Learn more about Food and Housing access...view the five finalist videos. Thank you to all who voted on the videos...we be announcing the grant recipients soon. These organizations are tackling this important issue in the Lehigh Valley in a creative and collaborative way.



Making the Case Food and Housing Access

Food Statistics

Housing Statistics

  • In the Lehigh Valley, 36.11% of housing united have one or more substandard conditions.
  • According to a 2014 census there were approximately 2,523 men, women and children housed in the 9 Lehigh Valley shelters.
  • In Lehigh County there is currently over 600 families waiting for openings in shelters
  • Approximately 1 out of 10 residents in the Lehigh Valley live in poverty.
  • In America, it was reported that on average children spend 45.3 nights in a shelter and adults spent 43.4 nights.
  • On any given night, it is estimated that 36,000 youth are sleeping outside or in shelters throughout our nation.