Food Share is a remarkable food recovery and redistribution program that operates from our Day Shelter location. This initiative involves procuring both purchased and donated perishable and non-perishable food items, which are then distributed to individuals and families in the community who are experiencing food insecurity. Previously, Food Share relied solely on generous donations from grocery stores, community members, and local industries. The majority of our donated food consists of items that are still edible but can no longer be sold by grocery stores. These items are meticulously sorted and washed before being made available through a market-style setup.
However, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent effects, the quantity of donated food has significantly decreased. As a result, we have started purchasing food to supplement our inventory, incurring additional costs for the agency. Despite the financial burden, this change has allowed us to provide our clientele with fresh food, ensuring they receive the nutrition that is not at risk of spoiling quickly.
Our Day Shelter and Food Share program operate in synergy, with the overarching goal of supporting individuals in need and fostering their independence. In addition to offering a safe and comfortable space, we also facilitate connections between individuals and various service providers. By hosting multiple agencies within our facility, we aim to ensure that our most vulnerable community members feel supported in accessing the necessary care and services. Our dedicated staff provides advocacy and accompaniment, offering comprehensive support to those seeking assistance. Through these programs, we strive to promote dignity and empower our community members to improve their circumstances.