This month we were able to move into a new home for Esther's and Tod's. Providence Health and Services provided two separate locations for the food pantry and the free thrift store. It is only two blocks from the previous location. An added bonus are the waiting rooms at each location. This means that our clients no longer need to wait outside in the weather when there is a line-up of clients. We are very grateful for the generosity of Providence. The space is much more open and inviting and clients have a much easier time navigating through the different selection areas.
We also started opening one extra day to alleviate some of the pressure on the other days. This allows people to take more time to select the foods that they want.
Because of more donations of food from local grocers like Whole Foods and New Seasons Markets, we are able to get a great variety of fresh foods and breads, while at the same time supplementing our budget. Last month total donations of food hit a record 6,923 pounds.
Each month we have additional volunteers that help with the work at Esther's and Tods. Last month we had 12 volunteers who donated 280 hours. In addition, for the move we had 25 volunteers who each donated between a half day to a full day of their time.
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