Statistically speaking, you could be living within 10 square miles of an at-risk community. That would be a neighborhood where owning a car is a rarity, where grocery stores are out of reach and the closest place to get food is a vending machine at the laundromat. Many of the homes in these areas are not furnished with appliances like refrigerators or microwaves, but there is plenty of crumbling cement and peeling paint. One of our partners, Allegheny West Foundation, serves a community in Philadelphia, PA fitting this description. Blessings of Hope is a supplier for their weekly food drives and you are part of making that happen.
Waiting in line on a food outreach day, you will see a kaleidoscope of people looking for hope. There is the lady who has been in line since 6:20 am. Across the street is a tiny little lady who gets food for her grandchildren while their mom and dad are at work. Over there is the man with a broken thumb who gets his own box, then comes back to get a box for his shut-in neighbor. Sitting on the crates are some ladies talking a little nonsense about wanting noodles instead of avocados or bananas. Looking around, you might sense some nervous energy in the air as the line begins to move forward. But by the time they reach the food, their smiles, laughter and relaxed body posture shines like a grateful light on the entire street.
The Allegheny West Foundation, along with 2 other partners, will be a featured guest at the Blessings of Hope Fall Banquet this year on September 21, 2023. However, our tickets are already SOLD OUT! If you missed it this year, you can participate by donating here: https://blessingsofhope.com/
Thank you so much,
Blessings of Hope