The Mobile Pantry
Village Family needs nutritious food, a truck, van and more storage space to help keep even more members of our community from going hungry. Village Family receive numerous sick and elderly people requesting food assistance. It is hard or impossible for many to get out on their own. With continuing food insecurity and demand for food assistance, the Mobile Pantry allows the Village Family another avenue to reach families and individuals that are unable to get to the food pantry. The Mobile Pantry provides hungry individuals access to a greater array of fresh, nutritious and healthy products. The Village Family Mobile Food Pantry Program will allow us to deliver and distribute fresh, healthy food directly into the communities that need it. In addition to expanding food capacity, these distributions remove barriers which prevent access to unserved or underserved communities, and do so efficiently with an air of dignity.
NEW DISTRIBUTION CENTER
If you’ve visited, you’ve noticed that we have grown. We have maxed out the distribution capacity of our space. A new distribution site is needed in order to continue to fulfil our mission.
A Larger distribution site will help us accomplish vital goals:
Increase distribution capacity
Expand our ability to stock and distribute fresh fruits and vegetables and nutritious frozen meat
More efficient and comfortable volunteer workspace
The Community Garden
The Community Garden program is an outreach initiative that works to get backyard gardeners involved in donating freshly grown produce directly to their local communities. We develop, plan and initiate activities and programs to encourage local gardeners to participate in the Community garden program as it has participants only commit a single row or donate a container plant. This will bring in in fresh produce such as tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, kale, onions, beets, and other produce that was distributed directly to children, individuals and families in underserved communities through our Village Family food distribution program and community partners.
Grandma's House is a transitional house that will assist those experiencing homelessness and those who are at risk. Since the pandemic has pushed people all over the country into more difficult financial circumstances, this is very much needed. And there’s other risks, because people who are without shelter are at higher risk of contracting coronavirus. They have higher health risks related to lack of access to care and may not be able to properly social distance. Ensuring that people do not fall into the cycle of being unhoused is critical. And working harder to help those who do not have a permanent housing situation is very much needed right now.
The Safe Haven’s mission is to improve the quality of life of those who are homeless through a range of supportive services by providing shelter and other services that may include meals, counseling/case management for housing, and referrals to outside services to prevent homelessness, encourage safe, healthy eating and self sufficiency.
PCs for Families
With so many schools starting the new academic year off virtually due to COVID-19, donated computers are vitally needed to help students do their school assignments at home. Many students are going back to school but they may not have everything they need to learn. Computers, chrome notebooks and desktops are essential, not just for school lessons but also for employment opportunities and virtual healthcare visits. That’s why Village Family need the help of local businesses, community partners, and community partners to help bridge that digital divide. This will allow Tech companies, large corporations and organizations to cut down on “electronic waste” and help students, seniors, families and individuals in need through their donation of new, old computers and refurbished equipment less than 5 years old.
If you would like to be a part of this momentous campaign, please contact Natisha Wilson at 757-656-9577 or
FOOD4KIDS YEAR ROUND FOOD PANTRY
This is designed for children in areas that are at risk for hunger over the summer months. Typically these are children who receive free or reduce priced school meals during the school year but are left without this reliable food source during the summer months.
BACK2SCHOOL-SCHOOL SUPPLY CLOSET
Kids go to school on the first day of school with no supplies at all. It’s hard for kids if their parents can’t afford the needed supplies. Back-to-school shopping can take a bite out of any family’s budget, but for many children there is no money for food or supplies – not even paper and pencils. That’s where the Village Family Food and Community Partners come in to help.
Village Family provides free clothes, shoes, winter jackets, school supplies, personal hygiene items and more every month throughout the year. We often assist children, the elderly, babies, single moms and the working poor. Examples of what may be distributed include high quality clothing, accessories, shoes, work attire, winter attire, boots, personal supplies, and even books.
Village Family relies heavily on donations and contributions from the community. Due to Pandemic and for safety reasons Village Family is only accepting new items. Donations are needed and can make a big difference in the lives of seniors, children and adults.