Pandemic forces many new households in to position of food insecurity
For families facing food insecurity, Fall can be a stressful time. For this reason, access to a food pantry and grab-and-go meals can be a lifeline to individuals and families facing food insecurity- when consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. This is especially true these days when the impact of the pandemic has made families face painful spending trade-offs around food.
Unity House is proud to partner with neighboring non-profits CEO and Capital Roots to provide Thanksgiving Food Packages. By working together, we can maximize efficiency and provide a nutrient-dense package with dignity. Folks sign up in advance and have an appointment for pick-up so there are no lines out the door. We aim, as always, to treat each other with dignity and respect. This can sometimes be a challenge as the needs are great and the time leading up to Thanksgiving can be fraught with stress and challenges. Each food package contains pantry staples, fresh produce provided by Capital Roots’ network of local farmers, and a gift card for a protein of choice, usually turkey.
How Can You Help?
Consider making a gift to Unity House’s food programs. Much of what we provide comes from our account at the Regional Food Bank, where our pantry has an account. Some is donated, but there are always needs that can be met only through funds. A donation to food programs is efficient since we can use economies of scale to stretch every dollar.
This year, due to the pandemic, we have waived even the nominal fee of $5 that families had paid in the past. (Scholarships were available and no one gets turned away.) Since we’ve waived this small fee, we need more help than ever, especially since we anticipate greater demand from new families struggling with food insecurity due to the economic impact of the pandemic.
Another sad reality of the pandemic is that we anticipate receiving fewer food donations from individuals and groups who collect needed items. That fraternity that organized a huge neighborhood food drive and delivered hundreds of pounds of pantry goods to us last Fall? Not a possible activity this year for understandable reasons.
On behalf of those we serve, and especially the hundreds of families we will serve for Thanksgiving, Thank You for your support.
Unity House Core Values
With passion and integrity Unity House embraces the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights. We work together to open doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need.