New Families and Individuals Sought Cupboard Services in 2017
In 2017, The Cupboard continued to operate year-round, every Tuesday and Friday from 10 am to noon and on the third Saturday of every month from 10 am to noon.
In 2017 the Cupboard…
- Hosted 3,378 family visits representing 11,049 individuals-a slight decrease over 2016.
- 216 families were new to the Cupboard—a very slight increase in new families(215 new in 2016).
- Distributed food for over 165,735 meals, roughly a 5-day supply per family.
- Handled and distributed 40,244 pounds of donated food from the Food Bank.
- Continue to receive fresh produce and frozen meat donated, from the restructuring of the Feeding America program and the addition of new Feeding America partners in late 2015.
- Received canned and boxed food from many food drives such as the Boy Scouts, Hurricane High School Clubs, local Elementary Schools and the yearly United States Post Office food drive.
Together, We Gathered and Distributed Food for Over 165,000 meals!
This was again a year of expanding food supplies. Donated non-perishables from churches, community organizations, and individuals remained a central core of what we distribute. The Facing Hunger Food Bank provided USDA commodities monthly as well as links to the Feeding America Program, directly connecting us to stores in our community. Through this program, Kroger was our primary source of donated breads, pastries, and frozen meats. Walmart was our year-round donor of fresh fruits and vegetables. Through these and other partnerships, we added to the nutritional value of the food distributed, regularly offered a 5-day supply, provided an element of client choice, and partnered with other organizations to distribute food. Shelf life and limited operating storage space is always a challenge. When needing additional storage space, area churches provided their facilities short term. Generous financial supporters allowed us to provide ongoing staples such as eggs, bacon, margarine, toiletries, peanut butter, cereal, jelly, etc., and in the summer months, donated garden vegetables made the package more like home. In partnership with the Knights of Columbus, Teays Valley Presbyterian,
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, and Save A Lot food store, the Cupboard continued the voucher system, started in 2015, of distributing Thanksgiving turkeys. Families and individuals that come into the Cupboard for services, receives a voucher. This voucher is then taken (in the time frame on the voucher) to the Scott Depot Save A Lot and exchanged for a whole turkey or a turkey breast.
We Continued to Grow in Other Ways too.
The Board of Directors and its committees continued to work to build and sustain partnerships, provide service delivery, assure administrative and financial management and plan for the future of the Cupboard.
Highlights from 2017 included:
- The Christian Community Cupboard received their 501c3 status from the IRS.
- Completed an extensive Client Survey to help in the planning and delivery of needed food and a more client choice atmosphere at the Cupboard.
- Purchased and installed an awning to help clients stay dry while waiting on services.
- Began providing an outside propane heater to ensure waiting clients stay warm on chilly days.
2843 VIRGINIA AVENUE,
HURRICANE, WV 25526
PO BOX 511,
HURRICANE, WV 25526