Hurricane Joaquin brings gift to Lehigh Valley soup kitchens
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Bethlehem Landfill and 4 Bandits BBQ announced today that the companies had the unexpected opportunity to donate $6,000 worth of prepared food to local soup kitchens this past weekend due to Hurricane Joaquin.
Bethlehem Landfill had scheduled an open house at their facility on Applebutter Road for Saturday, Oct. 3. Due to a forecast of high winds, the event was cancelled, and the company and their caterer were left with a tremendous amount of food.
“I suggested to Brian Baker, owner of 4 Bandits, that we contact soup kitchens to see if they could take the food,” said Marcy Neumire, Bethlehem Landfill Community Relations Manager. “He and his wife, Stephanie, loved the idea and made it happen. We were all glad to see it go to good use.”
Pastor and Salvation Army Corps Officer Fran Rader had this to say about the donation, “We were sorry to hear that the open house didn’t work out for the Bethlehem Landfill, but we are so grateful for the blessing to the hungry people in our community.”
The soup kitchens at Christ Church UCC of Bethlehem and Bath Church-United Church of Christ received their savory gifts on Saturday, which included enough food to distribute that day and more to freeze for the future. The Pembroke Road Salvation Army’s gift was delivered on Sunday. The dishes included pulled pork, barbeque chicken and a host of sides.
Matthew Brannon – (484) 264-3979
About 4 Bandits BBQ and Catering
With a pure passion for great BBQ that is made from the heart, 4 Bandits BBQ and Catering features a true southern-smoked BBQ style of cooking using the finest ingredients. Headquartered in Bethlehem, 4 Bandits caters everything from whole pigs to beef brisket. Info: www.4banditsbbq.com or (610) 810-8066.