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We offer case management and material needs assistance such as a food pantry, emergency shelter, and more to those who qualify.

food-pantry-1bProJeCt’s social services programs include Emergency ASSISTance and the Interfaith Food Pantry. These programs work in tandem to provide emergency intervention for families and individuals in crisis and to implement case management plans to move them toward greater self-sufficiency.

Help for the Hungry through ProJeCt’s Interfaith Food Pantry

Northampton County individuals and families meeting income guidelines established by the PA Department of Agriculture can receive three-to-four day supplies of food from ProJeCt’s Interfaith Food Pantry. To see if you meet the income requirements please click here. Registration is simple (please bring verification of Northampton County residence) and can be completed during normal pantry hours. The pantry is just off the parking lot at St. John’s Lutheran Church located at 330 Ferry Street.

Gold Card Initiative for Adults 60 and over
Thanks to funding received from the United Way, ProJeCt has expanded services to include the Gold Card Initiative, providing case management and targeted nutritional interventions for adults 60 and over receiving services our Food Pantry. Applicants will receive a thorough assessment focusing on several areas, and staff will then work with clients to develop an individualized case management plan. Please see brochure for complete details.

Interfaith Food Pantry Hours

Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the end of our distribution hours so you have enough time to select your items.

Monday 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. *Please arrive by 12:15
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.*Please arrive by 12:15
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.*Please arrive by 12:15

Each month, the food pantry provides assistance to more than 542 households. Last year, the Food Pantry distributed food to 17,909 individuals in need.

Please see our March Pantry newsletter for the latest happenings at the Pantry.

Emergency ASSISTance

When clients have exhausted all other avenues of support, ASSIST may be able to provide help. The majority of these services have income requirements that vary with the applicable funding source.

  • Emergency Shelter  While we don’t operate our own shelter, we can provide linkages to the various shelter programs in the region. For times when all shelter beds are full, we may be able to arrange temporary shelter.
  • Rental Assistance Individuals and families who are homeless or facing eviction may qualify for one month of rental assistance. Applicants must be able to provide documentation demonstrating the circumstances leading up to the disruption of income and/or increase in expenses, as well as their ability to sustain the housing once assistance has been provided. Priority is given to households with children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, veterans and victims of domestic violence.
  • Prescriptions  Individuals unable to afford their prescriptions may qualify for a one-time purchase of life sustaining or psychiatric medication assistance.
  • Eye Exams and Glasses  Adults age 60 and over without insurance coverage for an eye exam and a basic pair of glasses may qualify for assistance for these services.
  • Legal Identification Documents  Adults age 60 and over needing to replace legal forms of identification such as birth certificates, drivers licenses and state ID may qualify for assistance to cover the required fees.
  • Furniture Assistance  Households in need of furniture may be able to receive assistance in obtaining second hand furniture.
  • Home Heating Fuel Adults 60 and over in need of emergency heating fuel can contact the Northampton County Area Agency on Aging which will then arrange with ProJeCt to process the assistance. Please call the Area Agency on Aging at 610-559-3245 or 800-322-9269 for more information.

Because we recognize that crisis intervention by itself does not address the fundamental causes of poverty, hunger and homelessness, ProJeCt’s Emergency Assistance Services often serves as a portal to other agency services designed to help people help themselves.

 ASSIST Office Hours

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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*The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any  program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)