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(LEHIGH VALLEY, PA) — On Friday, July 10, at 4:30 p.m. (until supplies are exhausted), Aspire To Autonomy will host its third food distribution for the underserved and unsheltered members of our community in two different locations:

  • Location One: Centennial Park, 12th and Ferry streets, Easton, PA
  • Location Two: Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley, 520-526 E Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA

To date, Aspire has distributed:

  • 18,000 lbs of food
  • 3800 ounces of hand sanitizer
  • 3000 masks

Aspire to Autonomy Inc, is a local organization fighting hunger and human trafficking in the Lehigh Valley. Aspire has received ongoing support from the mayor’s office and The City of Easton and The Hispanic of the Center Lehigh Valley. These conjoined efforts bring food and “safety packs” of hand sanitizer and masks to those in need to protect them from food insecurity and the Covid-19 virus.

Animal Defenders Greater Lehigh Valley, a vegan and animal rights advocacy organization whose mission is to build a vegan community by advancing awareness of human-caused exploitation of animals and to promote vegan living, has joined as a new partner in this effort.

The mission of Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley is to improve the quality of life of Hispanic and other families by empowering them to become more self-sufficient while promoting intercultural understanding in the Lehigh Valley. Their services include access to the WIC program (Women, Infants, and Children), Senior Center, and Food Pantry.

In the first event, at the ProJeCt of Easton food pantry May 15, kicked off the pandemic response. Food was distributed to individuals, families, and other non-profits such as SafeHarbor and Third Street Alliance for Women and Children.

Founded in 2018, Aspire to Autonomy Inc. has been on the front lines in the fight against trafficking in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. ASPIRE is A Supportive Presence, Initiating Recovery and Empowerment that provides an opportunity for growth and development and fosters autonomy. ASPIRE believes in the cultivation of resources, services, community, and human relationships to foster equity and allow dreams of freedom and independence to become a reality.

For more information or to donate to their Pandemic Response fundraiser, visit our “Feed Northampton County” Pandemic Response page:

Information provided to TVL by:
Sarah Cattin
Aspire to Autonomy, Inc.