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Board Chair Update

The Honey Brook Food Pantry is in its 11th year of operation. Thanks to our sponsors, donors, and volunteers, our 100% volunteer organization impacts our community in many ways, including:

 

  • Serving more than 1,050 individuals each month—with as many as 1,900 during December.

  • Providing eligible clients with approximately one week’s worth of food each month including meat, dairy, fruit, produce, canned goods, cereal, peanut butter, fruit juice, prepared foods, and kids’ bags, as well as laundry detergent and personal items.

  • Meeting emergency food needs generally within 24 hours (in addition to our large twice monthly distributions).

  • Registering nearly 2,500 unique families—with approximately 30% achieving food independence!

 

In our quest to help the most vulnerable population segments within the Twin Valley School District, each month we consistently serve:

 

  • Between 475 and 500 children.

  • More than 200 seniors.

  • 50 homebound families.

 

Providing our clients with healthy food

  • We serve 130 children through our Kids’ Backpack Program. And in summer months, we provide these kids with kid food boxes.

  • Our Nutritional Supplement Program supports the needs of children newborn through age 3—when proper development is most critical. Nearly 80 families receive specialized foods, instructions, educational materials, and counseling—in addition to diapers, wipes, clothes, and books.

  • We support our clients with diabetes with specialty foods and health education each month.

  • Our Taste It Team regularly prepares meal and snack items targeted to children.

  • Our Garden for Life Program grows fresh vegetables distributed at the pantry.

Supporting our clients' overall health

  • We offer clients up to 6 personal items at each distribution. We typically offer deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, feminine hygiene products, adult diapers, shaving cream and razors, and toothpaste and brushes.

  • We offer healthy cooking demonstrations and ingredients at every distribution.

  • Our weekly onsite medical testing now features a dental consultation and referral every other month. 

  • The Honey Brook Lion’s Club visits regularly to provide vision tests for children age 11 and younger.

Helping our clients achieve independence

  • We provide employment support—a program that continues to gain momentum—through job leads, CareerLink, and client HR consultations.

  • We helped prepare and submit 177 successful mobile home tax appeals in the past year alone. These appeals saved our clients nearly $1,000 in taxes per year.

  • We host Legal Aid monthly to help the families we serve with a wide range of legal questions.

  • Clothing Closet from Anchored by Grace Ministries visits monthly offering nearly 1,000 free items during each visit.

  • We provide a “free market” at every distribution that includes new and gently used toys, books, clothes, furniture, and household items.

  • We give each child up to 3 new toys each December. In addition, we distribute hundreds of new and gently used coats each December.

Bringing holiday smiles to our clients

To ensure that our clients' holidays are as special as they are, we host  these annual events.

 

  • Easter Dinner distribution. This year we provided a complete Easter Dinner to early 950 individuals from 300 families (a 20% increase from last year). And the Easter Bunny joined us, handing out goodies for the kids!

  • Christmas Dinner distribution. Each December, we provide our clients with a complete Christmas Dinner along with toys for the kids. 

Your help makes all of this possible!

Many thanks to all our our sponsors, donors, and volunteers. 

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