I loved my time volunteering at Family to Family because I got to see two dynamic women do what they do best. Pam and Nancy are passionate and professional. Their ongoing fight against food insecurity—among other things—is inspiring, and the important work they do goes a long way to help many families feel that someone cares.
a home grown enterprise that begin with a simple thought, share your bounty and care for you neighbor.
We would like to thank Family-To -Family for the support they give us once a month. Family-To-Family gives our family the opportunity to have fresh produce available to us. As a low income family the assistance that Family-To-Family gives us once a month will always be appreciated. When we receive the food our family all becomes involved in the kitchen, so not only does Family-To-Family assist with food but it also brings our family closer.
-The Martinez Family
Family-to-Family, Inc, with the dedicated and passionate leadership of Pam Koner and the able assistance of her staff, has allowed my family and many others to feel like they are truly making an impact in reducing hunger in the United States, in a very personal way, in our own neighborhood and in far-flung neighborhoods across the US. And they've been at it for years! From the time my kids were small and could help pack up the monthly box of food non-perishables for a family in Ohio, to now when my kids have their own kids and are involved in other charitable works, and I'm providing a monthly grocery gift card to a family in our own town, Family-to-Family has persisted through so many iterations and with so many creative ideas both for fundraising and for providing for families less fortunate than ours (birthday boxes, monthly toiletries, books for kids). Brava, Pam, and Bravo and thanks, F2F!
I have been donating monthly to Family To Family's local food assistance program in Hastings on Hudson, and it's been a very effective means of assisting families make ends meet every month. In addition, I've participated in several of her amazing outreach programs, from Birthday in a Box to the Holocaust Survivor Assistance she has set up. The list is truly extensive! She is simply amazing.
Family to family is an organization that at its roots, is simply caring for others. In my nearly 45 years as director of the South Worcester Neighborhood Center, I have never encountered such a dedicated and well balanced organization like F2F.
Matching many of our less fortunate families with their passionate donors, magic happens..
That special connection between families across state lines that boils down to a simple quote from one of our families..”wow, I am so blessed to have the adoptive family that shares with mine each month. I wish I could give them a big hug for the many times they have helped us over a roughnpatch.”
Nothing better could be send of how well FAMILY TO FAMILY makes lives better ..one family at a time.
Family-to-Family has been working with our Boys & Girls Club organization in Central Alabama for several years. We connect them to families in need and we pass along the funds that Family-to-Family sends each month. We see first hand how they are helping and benefiting many families who just need a helping hand. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama is grateful to have such caring partners that serve the needs of our members. Thank you Family-to-Family!!
I first read an article about Family to Family and its mission resonated with me. Unlike larger national not for profits with high overhead and marketing costs, I knew my donation would have an immediate impact on real Americans in need. Being able to help school kids in Orlando have school supplies or new mothers in West Virginia have basic baby supplies, helps me know my donation is being used for good. Supporting local Brooklyn families who live close to me but a world apart, it was my obligation to share and help them feed their families. I wish more people and corporations knew about this great organization helping to feed the bellies and minds of Americas poorest and at risk families.
Upon hearing about Family-to-Family you can't help but want to get involved in any way possible. They have numerous programs available to make getting involved so very simple. It is heartwarming to know that in some way you were able to put a smile on someone's face, give them hope and let them know someone cares. Thank you Family-to-Family for all that you do:)
I have been involved with many other charity organizations and this one has exceeded my expectations by far. The different things I can get involved with are spectacular. I love how for thanksgiving they send turkeys to families all over the US. For children, reading is so valuable and I love that this organization pays attention to that. Also, writing letters back and forth to your family you're donating to gives me a sense on how I am making a difference and what else I can do to make a bigger difference. This organization is truly special and into helping others in anyway they can. This is definitely and organization I will be staying with and volunteering for long term.
Family-to-Family finds original, inventive and creative, out of the box ideas to help families in need not just to fill an empty stomach but also to stimulate a hungry mind. And this is only a small fraction of what this wonderful organization is doing for families in need around the country.
This has been a wonderful way for my middle school aged son to contribute his time in a manageable and meaningful way. He does the shopping every month for the family we sponsored. He especially enjoys sneaking in his favorite junk foods for the teenage boy in our sponsored family! I like the anonymity...since we don't know our sponsored family except that they are a local mother and son, and they don't know us. That feels right to me.
I have been so blessed to have enough to feed my family an get all we need. We are not rich and both work very hard to pay our bills. The $31 i spend each month to help a family just like mine is just a drop in the bucket and I don't miss it. i have such a wonderful sponsored family and we have gotten to be very good friends. We share common interests and hobbies and have fun learning about each others families and the different parts of the country . I have a special needs child myself and it is one of our greatest pleasures to shop for our family together and send those extra boxes of extra and gifts occasionally. it teaches children thankfulness for what they have and generosity to those in need. I love the idea of Family to Family. The name says it all. mine to yours. The way it should be everyday, everywhere.
It is easy to acknowledge suffering and sometimes feel powerless to make a difference. By being a sponsor, I literally pack food in a box that goes directly to a family in need. It doesn't take much time, or cost much money. The gratification I get when I imagine my recipient family opening a box full of nutritious food is immeasurable. Ilise Harris
I am the local mayor of the village where Family-to-Family is based, and I am also a donor and supporter. What impresses me about F-to-F? Tireless devotion to the job by the volunteer staff. Innovation to provide new servcies when needs are identified and willingness to drop efforts when they are completed or unsuccessful. Successful use of media (both traditional and new media) to get the word out. Sensitivity to the clients - they're always treated compassionately and with great respect for their privacy.
Family-to-Family has helped provide healthy and nutritional food for the needy and hungry children and their families in Pembroke Township/Hokins Park, Illinois. This community is listed as one of the poorest cities, in the United States. Currenlty, Family-to-Family services 38 families, each family receives fresh food monthly which is distributed thru Lorenzo R. Smith School (Hopkins Park) and Super K-Mart (Kankakee, Illinois). Although the families have little in the way of basic needs, God, Sponors and Family-To-Family has continued to supply 5 to 7 days of additional food and the families are thankful!
F-to-F has provided me the opportunity to reach out to a family in need in a part of the country that is in great poverty. The food & fresh produce & dairy they receive every month supplements there food budget & is greatly appreciated. I correspond with my designated family & have made a relationship with them. We write back & forth & they let me know how they are doing. I think the letters as well as the financial support mean a great deal to them. I feel safe sending my monthly check to F-to-F knowing it will get to the family of my choice.
I first contacted Family-to-Family in December, 2011 and was matched up with a single mom and her children. The experience has been wonderful. I hope to meet them in person this summer. They are always very appreciative of all that I and the Mission do for them. It feels good to know you are helping a family in need, but what they may not realize is that they are also helping "me." Becoming an empty nester recently hasn't been easy, so having another family, so to speak, to concentrate on has been a blessing. Thank you Family-to-Family!