Wellspring is now purchasing fresh produce and a greater variety of meats and other food items weekly at $.19/lb from Community Harvest. By shopping there, we're able to purchase greater variety and quantities of foods. And, oftentimes, we can select foods at no cost like potatoes!
Wellspring is also participating in the Emergency Food Assistance Program, commonly known as the Commodities Program, that permits us to distribute fresh milk, cheese, butter, and many other items weekly. This is especially exciting as these food items haven't been offered consistently before.
Not only are our food bank clients reaping the benefits of these wonderful changes, so are our clients in 2 other programs!
Qualifying seniors in the Older Adult Program will be participating in Community Harvest's SeniorPak Program. This program will help food insecure seniors through the distribution of quality foods every 2 weeks at Wellspring!
Our After School Program will also benefit from the partnership with Community Harvest in 2 ways. By participating in the Kids Cafe Program, we will be able to provide 5meals a weekto every child at no cost. While we've prepared 2 meals a week historically as well as provided children plenty of snacks, now each child will go home with full bellies every evening!
Children in our After School Program will also benefit from another Community Harvest program - the Kids Back Pack Program. This program will provide each child a brown bag every Friday evening stuffed with enough food for 2 meals to enjoy over the weekend.
As if Community Harvest hasn't done enough for us, Executive Director John Wolf and his 6-man crew redesigned the Wellspring Food Bank in June. After having a few walls torn down and shifting 100's of items, room was made for donated steel shelving. Through their generous spirit and sweat equity, we now have a food bank to be even more proud of!