A Million Thanks for Your Food Donations!
By Lucy Hackett
We can’t thank you enough for your kindness and generosity during these uncertain and trying times. Thank you, everyone, who has given beyond expectation during this pandemic. We appreciate your monetary giving as well as your food donations. The impact donations make is beyond measure. So many are blessed and grateful for their basic needs getting fulfilled.
Our Kitchen team works together to provide warm meals and various food choices during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Beverages, snacks, and desserts are also given out. Hundreds are served daily. Jo Nell Muth, Foodservice Manager, says, “During the pandemic, God provided the donations we needed.” Even though Haven of Rest did have to purchase more food during this time, the community has been very generous. Jo Nell adds, “My staff have been so good trying to process everything that comes in. And now that our volunteers are coming back, we are able to get a lot more done.”
Steve Dobo, Assistant Foodservice Manager, shares about a student from the University of Akron who recently dropped off donations. When asked where it came from, the student said he just wanted to give back and help because he had a point in his life where he was close to being homeless and hungry. Steve says, “This is the Mission that never sleeps. It is truly amazing that we have staff members here ministering around the clock 24/7.”
Mr. H, Evening Cook, joined the Haven of Rest team as staff about a year ago. He has kitchen associates who help him serve the guests complete meals. Mr. H says, “God has given me a gift of preparing food for over 60 years. It’s a joy to be able to come in and fix the food.”
If you are interested in donating food items and are wondering what to purchase, the following are always needed:
|· Canned vegetables and fruits
|· Canned soups
|· Canned meats – chicken & tuna
|· Soup broths
|· Coffee – regular & decaf
|· Dry goods such as boxed cereal, rice, etc.
|· Bottled beverages
|· Snack items such as individual bags of chips, cookies, granola bars, snack cakes, etc.
You can bring food to the Food Donation Dock where you ring the doorbell in the back of the Mission building at 175 E. Market St. Another option is to donate it at the Donation Drive-thru at the rear of the Client Services Center on 207 E. Market St. The Drive-thru hours for 207 E. Market are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.
If you prefer, you can make a monetary gift. Be sure to check out our website www.havenofrest.org for more information. Thank you!