We can all agree that 2020 was an incredibly challenging year – and that was especially true for NEEDs clients, many of whom suffered job loss and other hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NEEDS volunteers have had an unprecedented opportunity to serve a community in crisis. Here are a few highlights from our annual report.
Pandemic Response: – In order to keep clients and volunteers safe, NEEDS began operating a drive-through pantry service in the spring. This has been a great success! – To meet the increasing need of our community, NEEDS also implemented a new policy allowing clients to visit the pantry approximately once per month.
Record Numbers: – During 2020, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 950 families – for a total of 3,660 individuals. This is our highest number ever! – NEEDS also provided substantial emergency aid during 2020. A total of over $30,000 was distributed to 82 families to cover housing and utilities during financial emergencies.
NEEDS is so grateful to the donors and volunteers who supported our mission in 2020. Thank you!
January was an active month for NEEDS! In addition to distributing the proceeds of our annual winter clothing drive, NEEDS kept busy with pantry services and emergency assistance. Here are our totals for the month:
During January, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 91 families – for a total of 356 people!
NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 16 families, distributing a total of $5803.60 to cover rent and utilities.
Throughout December and January, NEEDS collected donations to provide warm winter clothing (Hats, Undies, Gloves, Socks, and Sweats) to local schools. Many students who lack winter essentials not only have to face harsh weather, but also suffer bullying due to their inadequate clothes. Fortunately, NEEDS donors really stepped up to help. Financial gifts for the HUGSS drive totaled $1720 – and with donation matching from NEEDS, the final total was $3420!
Last week, NEEDS volunteers distributed gift cards and clothing items to 12 schools in the Princeton, Deer Park, and Sycamore districts. School officials were excited to use the gift cards to purchase their students’ most-needed items. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the HUGSS drive a success!