Francis House, Inc.

Francis House is an interfaith center designed to respond with compassion and justice to the spiritual, emotional, educational and physical well being of individuals and families infected, affected or at risk for HIV/AIDS.
Feb 6, 2015

We Just Went Shopping

Food Pantry 1
Food Pantry 1

Francis House opened our food panrty in 2007 with the intent to be a supplemental food pantry for the few clients that we served each day. As we have quickly gone through the last eight years, we have become so much more than that.

In 2014, our very small food pantry distibuted over $27,000 worth of food and hygiene products to over 300 unduplicated households.  We have become so much more than a supplemental pantry.  We have become their sole food source.  That is a lot of pressure on a tiny pantry.

We maximize every dollar that comes our way by shopping at our local Feeding America Food Bank and we get our hygiene products from the dollar store.  Our budget is small and our funding is never gauranteed.  

I have included pictures in this project report, something I don't normally do because of the confidentiality of the clients that utilize it.  Today was different, yesterda we went shopping.  We got everything that was available to us at the food bank and put it on our shelves. We tried to cover each and every shelf.  We failed.  We failed to obtain healthy, nutritious food.  We are limited to what is available to us.  The pictures included represent $133 worth of food.  

We are grateful for the assistance we have recieved and hope to fill each and every shelf in the future.

Food Pantry 2
Food Pantry 2
Nov 20, 2014

Please Help!

This morning, I was approached by a client that asked "How come we have no food in our food pantry?"

We have been getting this question more and more as the holidays area approaching.  Somehow, hunger hurts more over the holidays.  We have been struggling to keep our pantry shelves stocked.  The demand for food has certainly outweighed the supply that we can provide.

Francis House operates it's pantry on a $500 per month budget from a private foundation.  As you can imagine, $500 does not go far.  We continue to utilize our local food bank to obtain the most food for our dollar, but even they are struggling to keep their shelves filled.  The local food bank provides food for agencies across two counties and we sometimes get to the warehouse and find the shelves empty.

We continue to look to our community and our supporters to run food drives, shop for buy one, get one deals and even super coupon!  Your donations have been a tremendous help to us just when we find ourselves in the most need.

Thank you and we hope that this holiday season brings you joy, peace and prosperity!

Sep 5, 2014

Thank You!

Thank You!  thank you to those that continue to support our food pantry.  

Over the course of the last 12 months, our food pantry has distributed over $28,000 worth of food and hygiene products to our HIV community.  If we had to put a retail price on how much food we distribute, that amount would likely double to over $56,000.

We do it with your help.  Every dollar donated by you goes directly to the purchase of food.  There are no adminstrative fees.  100% of it helping those its intended to help.

So, Thank you!  Thank you for keeping our pantry functioning!

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