Issue: November/December 2016, Posted Date: 11/7/2016
EXTERNAL DELIVERY - P.U.M.P. IT UP
acronym P.U.M.P in this column stands for Portland – Upper Mount Bethel Food Pantry.
P.U.M.P is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization. Portland and Upper Mount
Bethel are two townships in the Slate Belt area in Northeast Pennsylvania. The townships
are located adjacent to each other and are between Easton, PA, and Allentown,
PA, in the beautiful Pocono mountains.
me first ask a question. Have you ever been really really hungry? I don’t mean
the hunger you experience in the morning or just before dinner. I’m talking
about major league hunger. I had that experience only once in my life, and it
was while I was in the Army stationed in South Korea just south of the DMZ. We
ran out of food while out in the field on a practice missile shoot and did not
get a resupply for almost 2 days. I didn’t like that very much, and talk about
being crabby! The point is, in this country, no one should have to experience
that pain, especially children or the elderly.
P.U.M.P food pantry is led by Sherman LaBarre as Chairman of the Board and is
supported by several key people to include Skip Skinner whose name and contact
information are at the bottom of the advertisement. Mr. LaBarre leads a group
of volunteers who, every Monday, distribute the food collected the previous
week from grocery stores and churches. Mr. LaBarre’s late daughter, Sherma,
started the food pantry 20 years ago in a room in a local church essentially on
her own. Today, the P.U.M.P Food Pantry is her legacy and continues on under
her father’s leadership.
the P.U.M.P food pantry feeds more than 400 families and is continuing to grow.
Growth means higher overhead costs. Higher overhead costs mean a greater need
for food and financial donations. Because of this organization’s rapid growth,
it was forced to lease a larger facility that increased its monthly triple net
lease payments; the “past their prime time” freezers holding the food donations
are working overtime and need to be replaced; the refrigerator truck used for picking
up food from donors has finally given up and must be replaced.
keeping up with the spirit and true meaning of the upcoming holiday season,
Drug Development & Delivery’s founders (Publisher Ralph Vitaro and
Executive Director Dan Marino)
have generously donated money, advertising, and this editorial space to remind its
readers to step back every so often and remember there are people in need right
here in this very country. So I am asking all of you to please support P.U.M.P.
Hunger does not recognize state borders, so, even though you or your company
are not located in Pennsylvania, your personal or corporate donation is still
greatly appreciated and will help tremendously. Call us today!
in mind that all donations whether company or personal, are tax deductible being
that P.U.M.P is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization.
PORTLAND-UPPER MOUNT BETHEL FOOD PANTRY, INC.
P.O. BOX 69 (mailing address)
111 State Street (physical address)
Portland, PA 18351
Chairman of the Board
LaBarre (570) 656-2967
Skinner (610) 216-9800
John Bermingham (973) 452-5102
Bermingham is former Executive Vice President & COO of 1st Light Energy
& Conservation Lighting, Inc. and former Co-President and COO of AgraTech,
a biotech enterprise. He was also President & CEO of Cord Crafts, LLC;
President & CEO of Alco Consumer Products, Inc., Lang Holdings, Inc., and President,
Chairman, and CEO of Ampad, all of which he turned around and successfully
sold. With more than 20 years of turnaround experience, he also held the positions
of Chairman, President, and CEO of Centis, Inc., Smith Corona, Corporation, and
Rolodex Corporation as well as turning around several business units of AT&T
Consumer Products Group and served as the EVP of the Electronics Group, and
President of the Magnetic Products Group, Sony Corporation of America.
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