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Phone: 650 323-7781
2411 Pulgas Avenue
East Palo Alto
California 94303

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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.
Personal Support
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.
Client Advocacy
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

EHP’s mission is to work with families to eliminate their hunger and to break the cycle of poverty.  By providing its programs with compassion and respect, EHP promotes the personal dignity of those it serves and encourages self-reliance.

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Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP)is a community based organization, independent of church or government affiliation. EHP is trying to help families and individuals break the cycle of poverty by providing food, clothing, furniture, nutrition education, access to technology, and emotional support to ... more »
7/17/2012: I stopped by Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto to ask about potential volunteer opportunities for groups. They had an information sheet detailing different options, but they also needed help right now. They were preparing for their monthly food distribution, and needed help ... more »
I love volunteering at EHP. They do such wonderful things for the community. I have volunteered in lots of different areas at EHP, however I feel most connected when I pack food box for families... more »
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