Celebrate with Us

Our 40th Anniversary!

After a year unlike any other, we are excited to finally celebrate a huge milestone that occurred for the agency in 2020.
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About Us

Who We Are

Serving as the hub of the community, Northeast Community Center, formally known as Northeast Ministry, is a non-profit social service agency located in the heart of the low-income housing neighborhood of Marvine-Pembroke. Our goal is to offer programs and services to those in need in the community and to help them reach their highest potential.



While many of our programs focus on the youth of the community, our food pantry is offered to individuals of all ages and our Connecting Seniors Program focuses on bringing the senior citizens of the community together. Since as far back as 1980, we have created a presence in the community that offers help and hope to those living in Northeast Bethlehem.

As a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the success of Northeast Community Center is completely dependent on contributions from individuals, business, churches, grants, and our fundraising events. 


4 Staff

Who managed the NECC Food Pantry and additional agency operations

43 Pantry Hours Open per Month

NECC doubled the pantry operating hours between March & June to serve the increased number of pantry clients

634 Families Served in June 2020

During the month of June, NECC served it’s record number of families in a single month

70 Tons of Food

distributed since March 16th to Lehigh Valley residents via our Emergency Food Pantry (that’s 137,715 pounds!)


What We Do

Food pantry

The Northeast Community Center Food Pantry is one of the most critical services offered to the surrounding community and serves over 200 families per month.

summer camp

Provides a safe, supervised environment with fun and enriching activities for children entering grades 2-8. Those who attend live in the Marvine-Pembroke neighborhood and surrounding low-income areas.

After-School homework club

Helps children, grades 1 through 8, learn the importance of study, completing tasks, and and developing positive interactions with others.

Connecting seniors program

This program is available to seniors age 55+. NECC offers seniors a free monthly luncheon, which consists of a hot meal, games of bingo and dominoes, crafts, and the occasional raffle.

A little goes a long way


Sends a child to NECC Summer Camp for half of a summer


Purchases a Thanksgiving meal for a family


Provides food for a family through the NECC food pantry


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Testimonials From Clients

"The after-school program helps my kids with their homework it’s a place where they feel safe. "

"Food Pantry, Homework Club. Food Pantry means a lot to me because when I need food they are always there to provide food for my family. 2. Home work club helps my kids do better in school and helps them with their homework and projects."

with their homework it’s a place where they feel safe.”

"Homework Club, Summer Camp Program. HW Club program means a lot to me and my kids because at homework club they get to do their homework and be with friends and they also get help with other school projects that I don’t know how to help them with. Summer Camp is a place to be in the summer were kids can enjoy themselves and be with friends and stay safe."

with their homework it’s a place where they feel safe.”

"Food Pantry, Homework Club. Northeast Community Center has helped me with completing paperwork and documents I wasn’t able to do on my own, making copies, and it’s just overall been a great help for me, my family and friends."

"NECC Homework Club has been so helpful and supports my family and for that I am grateful."

"NECC means the world to me! It has helped the kids stay out of trouble and have a place to be. Homework Club is a second home for my kids where they feel safe and loved."

"I have used the Homework Club, Food Pantry, Summer Camp, Christmas Gifts and Thanksgiving meal distributions. NECC has also helped my family when we had a house fire. NECC has been so awesome and generous to my family. They mean the world to me and my kids! NECC is a place where the community can come when they need help. It’s like a second home for my kids where they are loved and cared for and they feel safe and supported. Thank you for all you guys do!"

"NECC Homework Club has helped my grandkids with their homework and school projects. I like it because it allows them to spend time with friends."

"I have used the Food Pantry, Homework Club, and Summer camp. The Food Bank has helped my family with food. Homework Club helps my kids complete their homework and they do fun activities. I don’t think I could make it without their services. Thank you!"

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Thank you to our grantors!

Keystone Nazareth Charitable Fund

Will R. Beitel Children's Community Foundation

Reidler Foundation

Martin D. Cohen Family Foundation