Pandemic Has Increased Food Insecurity, Destabilized Delivery Systems

(EASTON, PA) — As a response to the COVID -19 pandemic, Aspire To Autonomy has partnered with Project of Easton’s food pantry to distribute 10,000 lbs of food to the underserved and unsheltered members of our community. The first distribution is planned for May 15, 1 to 6 p.m. at the food pantry, 330 Ferry Street, Easton (in the parking lot of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Aspire to Autonomy Inc, is a Lehigh Valley-based organization fighting hunger and human trafficking here in the region. Aspire is partnering with ProJeCt’s full-choice food pantry that has been in service for more than 40 years. The pantry serves more than 4,000 food-insecure individuals from throughout Northampton County each year.

Because Aspire believes in providing essential services and building human relationships, it became evident that Aspire had a  duty to become more active during these uncertain times. Aspire understands that our underserved and unsheltered are extremely vulnerable to COVID19. 

Aspire’s Response to the pandemic started off as a fundraiser to purchase hand sanitizer for our underserved and unsheltered community members. With the support of a generous group of community members, the response added masks to create “safety packs”-kits which included 2-3oz of hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and 2-3 disposable masks. Now Aspire’s Pandemic Response has evolved to include the distribution of meals and 10,000 lbs of food.

Peter Reinke, a board member of ProJeCt of Easton and advisory board member of Aspire to Autonomy Inc., suggested a partnership between Aspire to Autonomy and Project of Easton.

Easton Mayor Sal Panto felt so passionate about this pandemic response, he pledged the support of the city of Easton to transport the food. Other partners include the Boys and Girls Club of Easton, Malvern Bank, and Subway (1500 Northampton Street).

Founded in 2018, Aspire to Autonomy Inc. has been on the front lines in the fight again trafficking in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. ASPIRE is a 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.

Since 1968, ProJeCt has helped people throughout the Lehigh Valley break free from the cycle of poverty. ProJeCt’s mission is to build a better community by helping people help themselves succeed in school, work and life through adult education, family literacy, school-based programming, and emergency support services.

For more information or to donate to their Pandemic Response fundraiser, visit
Aspire To Autonomy Inc. | Phone:(484) 548-0181
Emails are welcome at:
Darnell Davis – Co-Founder,
Rachel Hause – Ambassador Director,