The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has generously offered a challenge grant of $50,000 for us to install a new 4,000 square foot freezer/cooler in our warehouse. They will donate $50,000 if we can match it with $50,000 from new donors as well as increased donations from existing donors in the coming year. We need the funds to expand our building capacity to meet the growing need in the community.
This year marks the fifth consecutive year with food shelf visits over 3 million. We need an additional commercial freezer/cooler to meet the demand for growth of our current programs and distribute additional nutritious food to our partners. The following areas of growth are the primary drivers of the need for additional storage space.
- Fare For All – This program has seen significant growth over the last several years. In addition, we opened 6 new sites in 2016 causing us to be at and sometimes over freezer capacity.
- Food Shelf and Meal Program support – We recently began distributing government commodities (TEFAP) that has brought a number of new partners, and a large quantity of additional products. This in addition to our normal growth is further stretching our freezer and cooler storage capacity.
- In addition to current growth, in the upcoming years we plan to expand Fare For All and Food Shelf programming to reach more rural areas of the state; serving more individuals and distributing more food.
Your generous support of this capital project will help us unlock this $50,000 challenge grant. With your support we will add new Fare For All sites, serve more households experiencing hunger, and distribute more pounds of free and affordable nutritious food.