HOMELESS MEALS PROJECT GOALS

Johnson City Downtown Center receiving meal kits

Johnson City Downtown Center receiving meal kits

  • To feed the homeless by providing self­-heating meals, distributed through shelters and other community resources, to meet emergency and nutritional needs.
  • To partner with local police agencies and community shelters for distribution while helping to build rapport in the process.
  • Obtain financial support from corporate and individual donors.

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SUMMARY

We are fortunate in the region of Northeast Tennessee to have a number of agencies that are working to ensure that the homeless and transitional population has basic resources to survive. However there are those that for whatever reason, whether it be overcrowding in shelters, distrust of the system, or they just simply would rather live in encampments, have a difficult time having a hot meal. During these months that bring cold temperatures, snow, and icy conditions, there has never been a more critical need for an immediate resource for these meals.

HAVEN OF MERCY receiving meal kits

HAVEN OF MERCY receiving meal kits

Hand­-of­-Hope is a project of United Charitable, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is located in Johnson City, TN. Information about Hand­-of-­Hope can been found on our website, www.Hand-­of­-Hope.org. Hand­-of­-Hope pools charitable donations into sufficient funding to provide food supplies that are shelf stable and can be served without the need for heat from an external source. We are fortunate to have an agreement with a supplier so that we can receive these products at the lowest cost possible, about $1.50 a meal. How tremendous would it be for a shelter worker or a police officer to be able to hand a box to a homeless person and know that they will have the ability to consume a nutritious hot meal. However it cannot happen without the generous support of the community. We are seeking individuals, corporations, and foundations for financial support. Hunger is an ongoing situation as we see daily in the news, as this is an ongoing effort to combat this issue.

 

CONCLUSION

Homeless Meals Project on WJHL

Homeless Meals Project on WJHL

At Hand-­of-Hope we feel that this is a much needed resource in the community. It will not only help us partner with various agencies to provide help for the homeless, but will also help build trusting relationships within the community.

 



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