Among Hallie Q. Brown’s many community services is running a very well-used (and innovative) foodshelf. For some context…
In 2017, HQB’s client Area served 18,677 individuals in 8,102 households totaling 560,310 pounds of food. HQB’s Community Area served 26,784 individuals in 10,893 households totaling 145,545 pounds of food. During the holiday season, 12,500 pounds of food was given in 500 holiday baskets. In 2017, the total amount of food served in the food shelf was 718,355 pounds of food, or 598,629 meals. The food shelf received 290,270.35 pounds of food donated from community partners.
In addition to their ongoing food shelf, they make up Thanksgiving baskets. We will be collecting food and funds until November 14th. At that Sunday service, we will bless the offerings and will deliver them to HQB.
Here’s a list of specific items needed for those baskets.
- Boxed potatoes and cornbread
- Canned corn, green beans, carrots, and cranberry sauce
- Gravy packets
The average retail cost of one meal is $1.75/lb, but through their partners like Second Harvest Heartland, HQB can purchase the same pound of food for about $0.15/lb. With that in mind, $30 provides a family of four two weeks of meals; $50 provides three months worth of meals for a senior in the community and $100 provides meals for 25 children in our community for one full week.
During the month of November, there are two ways you can help:
* By writing a check out to Macalester Plymouth United Church, writing “Foodshelf” on the memo line, and dropping it in the offering plate or church office.
* By bringing nonperishable food items and placing them on the Food Shelf table in the Merriam Lexington Social Hall.