March 9, 2021
School pantries are filling the needs of students at school and at home. The Blair Backpack program...
This past August, Feed My People began a weekly community distribution event out of its doors at the food bank. Due to the high need shown this summer at our Pop-Up events, transitioning to direct distribution right from the building ensures that the food provided isn't limited by what can go on a truck. No matter how many people visit the event, everyone will be served. It will also make it safer for the event to continue during the winter.
Our community distribution events are set up as a drive thru to minimize contact. The distribution has been well attended, sometimes serving as many as 500 households in one week.
A small group of dedicated volunteers and an FMP staff member set up an assembly line inside door 17 every week before the doors open. Boxes of essentials including milk, produce, and meat are quickly packed and rolled out the door. Volunteers then load up vehicles as they come through underneath a new awning erected for this very purpose.
Recently, a woman flagged over Randy, one of our essential volunteers who has been at the distributions nearly every week. She was in her car, having just received groceries in the distribution line. She opened her window and was crying. She said "Thank you - you are helping us so much. I have two teen boys and no job in sight." It was a powerful moment for all involved.