Operation Hope’s Food Pantry provides over 123,000 meals a year to our neighbors in need. Each month we provide food to more than 200 families, including 100 children. The Pantry is almost completely stocked and run by generous and dedicated volunteers.
No one should have to worry about putting food on the table. Our volunteer-run and operated food pantry assists families in meeting their basic food needs, and also to connect them with other resources which help eliminate their food insecurity. One of the primary ways in which our food pantry assists people is that it allows them to focus on stabilizing other areas of their lives. For some of our clients our Pantry supplements what Food Stamps do not cover, like toilet paper, toothpaste, and diapers. For most others it simply helps to make ends meet when they have to choose between paying rent or a heating bill or going to the grocery store for food.
The majority of the food donations we receive come from generous members of our community. Among the ways in which we are able to secure food for our shelves are: school, church, and corporate food drives, individuals may solicit large food and/or personal products donations from companies, the Annual Postal Service Food Drive in May, financial contributions directed specifically to the food pantry, and many other community-driven projects. Once we receive the donations, our dedicated volunteers sort and stock the shelves and distribute food and other necessities to clients.