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New Love Center sees spike in numbers during pandemic

JERSEY SHORE — The New Love Center numbers saw a surge in the number of people served during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to their 2020 summary report.

In total the organization served 3,950 children ages 0 to 17; 7,586 adults ages 18 to 59; and 4,472 people 60 and older for a total of 16,008.

“With the pandemic and the addition of the pop-up pantries in Lock Haven and Renovo our numbers surged in March, April and May but dropped significantly in June,” Pastor Kerry Aucker, staff for the center, said.

Clinton County’s numbers made up 64 percent of the organizations total number of people served in both Clinton and Lycoming counties in 2020.

“In addition we partnered with Haven Cupboard to support the food insecure students at Lock Haven University and we expanded our backpack program at the high school at Jersey Shore,” Aucker said.

A total of 11,123 house holds received food in Jersey Shore, the equivalent of 400,428 meals.

3,070 volunteers donated 10,795 hours of their time throughout the year. These numbers were similar to 2019 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Aucker said.

“While we are grateful for so many people who donate food and money to make the New Love Center a reality, I especially want to recognize the volunteers who make this massive operation a reality,” he said. “People who work week after week so that people in this area do not go hungry.”

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