Two nonprofit organizations in the area are asking for community help to restock their food pantries over Christmas in July for next week’s drive-in food drive.
The Hunger Sled is taking place at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in James City County on Wednesday for the Grove Christian Outreach Center and the Williamsburg House of Mercy, two nonprofits whose coffers need a boost at a time when donations are running low.
Non-perishable items can be donated between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. that day at ReStore, 1303 Jamestown Road.
“Hunger and the need for food know no season,” Katie Patrick, executive director of the Grove Christian Outreach Center, said in a press release.
Donated pounds of food is down 32% at the Grove Christian Outreach Center that serves individuals and families in James City County. The need is greater than at the height of the pandemic in 2020, with cash contributions also declining.
Janet said. “Preventing food insecurity is directly linked to our mission of building homes, communities and hope,” Green, executive director of Habitats for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, said in a statement. “We are proud to work with both nonprofits to tackle hunger, one of the major barriers preventing families from achieving self-reliance.”
Last year, Grove Christian Outreach Center served 319 households (1,102 people) 3,821 times with its food pantry, a number that included 62 new families, according to a press release. The Williamsburg House of Mercy faces a similar ordeal in the struggle to maintain its food supply. The nonprofit provides essential services, including food security and housing, to those in need.
The House of Mercy pantry served 208 families in one day in one week this summer. More than 65 housing requests were received during the month of June alone.
“We know that Williamsburg families will continue to respond generously to help their neighbors in need,” Shannon Woluzinovsky, executive director of the Williamsburg House of Mercy, said in the press release.
Both organizations are asking for donations of the following items: hot and cold cereal, rice, canned or mashed potatoes, stuffing, spaghetti sauce, pasta, preserves or fruit cups, cans of tuna and chicken, juice, canned corn, vegetables, beans and tomatoes, chunky soups, granola bars, Biscuits, baby food, peanut butter, jelly, ramen, mac and cheese.
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