Daily Bread distributes food free of charge, according to its website, which says, “We have welcomed those in need, whatever their background or circumstances, since 1984. Our clients struggle to provide food for their families and themselves due to illness, disability, job loss, low wages, or personal crises. Whatever the reasons, we are here to help.”
The effort to purchase and donate the carts was led by Partner Jennifer Collins, who visited the food pantry in the summer and identified the specific need. She was assisted in the effort by Partner Lisa Rivas.
“The carts are for those with food insufficiency to use to transport the food since most of those folks don’t have transportation,” Attorney Collins said, explaining,
“The food pantry is located on a sloped street and some of the clients have to walk far to obtain their food supplement.”
Daily Bread offers food distributions on Tuesday and Friday mornings, as well as appointment-based pickups for seniors and the disabled, and also provides deliveries through DoorDash to those who cannot come to the food pantry.
The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically increased demand for assistance, a trend that has continued.
According to Attorney Collins, Daily Bread is expecting about 400 families for the Thanksgiving distribution, and since August the number of individuals and families coming to the Tuesday and Friday distribution days has risen from approximately 250 to nearly 300.
In a note to Attorney Collins, Daily Bread President Peter Kent estimated that the value of the food distributed likely exceeds $1 million a year.
To help sustain operations and that magnitude of munificence, the food pantry seeks and accepts cash donations, which can be made online through the website, as well as donations of food, personal care items, and supplies for children.
As an operation run entirely by volunteers, Daily Bread is also seeking helping hands in that department.
While Daily Bread revenues kept up with the increasing expenses in the early part of the pandemic, as news stories about the dire need of food banks and food pantries encouraged a stream of donations, that support has ebbed and Daily Bread is now also reaching out for funding from new sources, including local businesses.
Cramer & Anderson connected in that way, which led to the donation of the shopping carts, delivered on Nov. 17 just in time for the Thanksgiving food distribution.
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