Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown will be collecting grocery donations in a drive-through, socially distant event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Vegan Butcher, 768 Union Boulevard, Allentown.
Items donated will benefit the weekly food box distribution Catholic Charities does for those in need in downtown Allentown.
Making a grocery drop-off is simple and safe: Donors should have their food items in the trunk of their car, simply drive into the Vegan Butcher parking lot where Catholic Charities personnel will remove the items from the trunk and gather them for later donation to the needy.
Items needed include: Fresh fruit (apples, pears, bananas, oranges); milk, dairy or eggs; canned chicken or tuna; canned fruit or applesauce; jams and jellies; peanut butter; boxed dry pasta; dry rice; canned beans; instant mashed potatoes, potatoes au gratin, etc.; spaghetti sauce; cereal boxes and bags; boxed macaroni & cheese; powdered or long-life milk; hand soap; canned soup; and canned vegetables.
The Catholic Charities grocery distribution happens each Friday at the agency’s Ecumenical Kitchen, 179 W. Chew St., Allentown. Those in need may pick up boxes of food Fridays from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., while supplies last.
The Vegan Butcher has also offered to donate 10 percent of the proceeds of Saturday, May 2, to the Catholic Charities Ecumenical Kitchen, as well as 10 percent of all meal sales for the following week to anyone who mentions “Catholic Charities” while ordering.