Union members from the Reading and Allentown School Districts joined together yesterday to serve a hot meal to those in need at the Opportunity House in Reading. Reading has the largest share of residents living in poverty of any city in the US with a population over 65,000. The Opportunity House serves 3 meals a day to those staying in their emergency shelter; they rely heavily on volunteer to provide those meals. They also provide transitional housing, 24/7 childcare, veterans services, and more.
Our members prepared and served hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, fruit salad, baked beans, and desserts. We served over 50 adults and children for lunch. Those who received lunch were grateful, and we were grateful to be able to help. There are plans to go to the Opportunity House again. If you are interested in participating, please contact your shop steward or business agent.
It is not enough to provide access to jobs if they aren’t family sustaining jobs. Good union jobs remain an important tool for lifting families out of poverty.