HHRM Pantry & Family Meal Fund
Feeding our community during COVID-19. $45 gets a pantry bag to a family.
As an essential community resource our HHRM Food Pantry will be open Tuesday-Friday 11am-1pm. We are accepting pantry donations Monday and Saturday 10-1pm and Tuesday-Friday 10-11 and 1-2pm. You can find a list of especially needed goods on our website, www.hhrm.org under the 'Urgent Pantry Relief Needs' tab. We are coordinating food deliveries with other local organizations that are currently closed and making appointments with people who need to come outside of those hours so that the needs are met as best as we can possibly meet them.
As of 3/23/20 we began coordinating a new effort to help our community's local families in need of food--not just pantry food but prepared family meals as well! Something a little more healthy than just canned and boxed goods, safely and securely prepared by restaurants or certified kitchens and available for DRIVE THROUGH PICK UP ONLY. Some are having trouble cooking, don't have access to kitchens (or the items needed to prepare recipes) and are having a difficult time feeding their families. So many have lost their jobs doing housecleaning and service industry work. While times are frightening and depressing to the community in need, we believe it's important to go beyond giving the bare necessities for survival and bring comfort and happiness whenever we can do so safely. Have you ever sat down to a warm meal after a long, emotionally hard day? Warm, prepared food is an excellent way to raise someone's spirits and remind them there's hope both for today and for tomorrow. In a time where the need to be socially distant obstructs human connection to some degree, this is a tangible way that we--all of us--can give people reassurance, encouragement, and love.
We have been partnering with Xavier Palacios & Friends of Huntington Station Latin Quarter, Pastor Danny Rivera & Huntington Assembly, Red Restaurant, Mamalucia Pizzeria, Poncho Villa's, and Zinburger to provide freshly prepared meals for DRIVE THROUGH PICK UP ONLY at Huntington Assembly of God (1700 New York Avenue Huntington Station) on Wednesday & Friday from 2-4pm. We are preparing to distribute 400 prepackaged meals each night. We would like to add days and continue these efforts of Curbside Take Out. UPDATE! To date (6/13/20), we have increased the number of meals being prepared per night to 500, and served over 12,000 meals to our community!
If you would like to partner with us by making a donation to HHRM'S "Pantry & Family Meal Fund" we would appreciate it deeply. We have greatly increased traffic due to school closures and lack of household income due to parents losing their jobs or needing to stay home to care for children. We are grateful to those who have given to help us continue our community outreaches and to keep our pantry & diaper pantry stocked. We are doing what we can as we can and we thank you for helping us with these additional meals. We know that they will be enjoyed and appreciated so much!