Mon, Wed, Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

PO Box 1532, Hopewell VA 23860

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HISTORY

The Hopewell Food Pantry was organized by a group of local churches in 1983 to provide emergency food to individuals and families who were in Temporary crisis - waiting for their food stamps to begin. Over the past 30 years the Hopewell Food Pantry has expanded our mission to serve all Hopewell families who are in need of food.

A little bit about us

The HFP is a highly respected organization and has the on-going support from a large number of the local churches, organizations, businesses, individuals, and the City of Hopewell. Their support, along with the support of the Cameron Foundation, the John Randolph Foundation (JRF) and the United Way is the reason that we have been able to fully complete our mission year after year. Even with the recession, we have not reduced the food quantity or quality of our distributions nor have we turned away any eligible family because of a lack of food.

Impact in the community

In FY 2016, the HFP provided a week or more supply of food to 4405 family units totaling 11,088 clients. While the number of families served was 6.2% higher than FY 2015, the number of clients decreased by 4.2%. This indicates that the HFP is serving more elderly and disabled persons, ie, smaller family sizes. The number of clients served was on par with the last four years of 11573, 11,175, 10,880 and 10,701 respectively. For the 11,088 clients served in FY 2016, a total of at least 230,000 meals were provided at an estimated value of over $350,000.

Food products were donated by local churches, individuals and various organizations. The Hopewell Postal Workers conducted two city-wide food drives resulting in the collection of 5,000 pounds of food. These and other local food drives have been an enormous help. Fifteen churches conducted 138 food drives; 29 organizations, including the Boy Scouts, and businesses conducted 56 food drives; and 43 individuals brought food to the HFP. This year food was regularly donated to the HFP by the local Food Lion, Panera Bread, Little Caesar’s, Goya Foods warehouse, KFC, Wawa and Pizza Hut. When available, Hunters for the Hungry provided us with deer meat.

Our program to provide a monthly food distribution to the elderly poor and permanently disabled continues to help those who meet those criteria. (“Regular” families can only receive a food distribution four times per year due to our resource limitations). An average of 208 elderly poor and permanently disabled individuals were helped each month in FY 2015, a 20% increase over FY 2015. This program is growing and these individuals are especially grateful.

This year we saw an increase in the number of homeless clients. It was realized that most homeless persons have nowhere to store perishables or even food items. To make our food distribution work best for their needs, a homeless person can come once per week and receive ¼ of a normal distribution with an emphasis on pop-top cans of meat and fruit. Interestingly, some of them volunteer on the days they pick up their food. This year we gave out food over 1000 times to our homeless clients. Keep in mind this population is very inconsistent, so the exact numbers of individuals is not known.

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