Results: This past year we have spent fundraising to purchase some much needed kitchen equipment for our soup kitchen. We have recently received a grant to build a 10 by 12 foot storage shed to store our food for our food pantry. This year, we are working alongside our community to build a large community garden to help bring more fresh, healthy foods to our neighbors. We are also continuing an opportunity for our neighbors to enjoy free nutrition classes offered during our open pantry hours to encourage healthy living.
Target demographics: Our neediest neighbors are the ones we have targeted: people who are stretched beyond their means. Most of our population are senior citizens, disabled, unemployed and single parent families, but we open our doors to anyone who is need and has expressed a need for assistance.
Direct beneficiaries per year: We average about 1500 free meals a year, and well over 2000 free food boxes to help our neighbors each year.
Programs: The Food Basket- Our pantry
Kyrie's Kitchen- Our soup kitchen
Treasurehouse Clothing Closet- our free clothing closet
Lawn Care for Troops- our free service for families of deployed military offering free lawn maintenance and free snow removal
I am one of the clients of crosswalk. they are respectful towards me and others, show us dignity and compassion and caring. that is rare in most places i go to get help. they also make me feel at home and welcome everytime i come in to get food or ask a question.
This organization is well run. The people are polite, caring, and professional. They help many people in our area and they go above and beyond to make people's lives better. They have free nutrition classes, blood pressure screening for free, help everyone with food and run a class act. They even helped out our town when we lost power during Hurricane Irene, offering meals free of charge and a smile. We are a better community because of them. The most important thing they offer is a sense of community. They work with local schools, counselors and other agencies to help provide clothing to needy children in our district and emergency food boxes to anyone in need. They also do the "Coats for Kids" program and this year will help the "Toys for Tots" collect toys and may even feed the volunteers a meal free of charge while they are sorting the toys out. They are also strong advocates for the hungry, meeting with various boards and organizations and getting the message about hunger issues. They are passionate in what they do and it shows.