Ecumenical Hunger Program Overview
Geographic areas served: Northern California
Programs: EHP Programs Include:
Emergency Food Assistance
EHP provides boxes of food to meet basic nutritional needs of families, as well as to individuals experiencing temporary emergency needs or special circumstances, such as long-term illness. The food boxes are nutritionally balanced, containing protein, vegetables, grains, cereals, and canned goods. They are prepared with an understanding of the cultural and ethnic preferences of each family.
Monday Night Meal Program
EHP, along with the St. Vincent De Paul Society, prepares and serves hot meals to needy individuals and families every Monday night at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto. Some of those served are homeless, while others are families with children who take advantage of this program to conserve the limited funds they have.
Many clients come to EHP with multiple needs that require personal, ongoing support as they wrestle with the crises that have led to their poverty and hunger. As these needs have become more complex, EHP has implemented a case management program, which allows EHP?s staff to assist clients in addressing and prioritizing these problems in-depth, providing both the immediate and the long-term assistance essential for a family?s success. This is a crucial element in the transition of client families from dependence on assistance to self-reliance.
Furniture, Clothing, and Household Essentials
EHP distributes clothing, furniture, appliances, and household essentials, such as blankets, sheets, and dishes. Annually, over 4,000 visits are made, and 10,000 clients served, by EHP?s ?Clothes Closet.? All goods are donations from the community. This program matches the donated resources of the donors to the needs of the clients in an act of kindness and goodwill. The most common furniture requests are for beds and refrigerators. EHP also receives and distributes sofas, stoves, baby furniture, tables, and the like. EHP assists an average of 100 families each month with furniture or large appliances. At any given time there are 150-200 families on a waiting list for essential goods and basic living needs.
Information and referral assistance are provided to clients seeking housing, financial assistance for basic needs (e.g., PG&E), health care, child-care, employment, language skills, and other social services. EHP works with other agencies in the community to facilitate access to critical resources.
Children?s Resource Center (CRC) Programs
? Back to School
? Holiday Happiness
? Crisis Referrals
? Celebrating Success
? Academic Mentoring
? Health and Enrichment
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