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The Hope Center

The Hope Center in Bellwood distributes meals to people in need each Tuesday, this after the new co-directors found a need to help people who suffer from food insecurities.

The program is an all-volunteer effort in cooking, packing and delivering the food to shut-ins.

About three weeks ago, the Hope Center distributed around 40 meals.

This week, they sent out around 125 meals.

The food that’s prepared comes from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, other non-profits and donations.

“In the past, shut-ins may have been people with disabilities and/or elderly people with or without disabilities. They just aren’t driving any more. But I think now with COVID, whether people are in quarantine, or whether it’s because people have auto immune diseases and they are afraid to go out, there’s just a lot more people probably considered shut-in.”

Next Tuesday, and the following Tuesday, the Hope Center will do a “truck to trunk” bulk food distribution at their location on Main Street in Bellwood.

Starting in January, the center will provide monthly food distributions on the second Wednesday of each month.

The recipients will have to meet certain income restrictions for those events.

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