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Emergency Food Packages Week 3 Update

20,000 Meals

Your response to our Emergency Food Packages project has been more generous than we could’ve ever imagined. Not only have we seen a huge outpouring of support for the fundraising goal, but we have been humbled by the many offers to help from volunteers, farmers, and organizations from all around the region.

Last week, many generous members of our community helped us reach our stretch goal of $75,625. That’s enough to provide over 20,000 meals to people who can’t leave their homes to shop and have limited income and to people who’ve lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

We have been receiving vetted referrals from several credible partner organizations* that have a long history of directly serving individuals experiencing food insecurity. Once referred, households continue to receive these food packages either weekly or bi-weekly for the duration of the 10-week program, translating to a sustained, reliable system of food support during this very difficult time of social distancing.

We have learned that more than 235 households in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties are in serious need of these Emergency Food Packages immediately. That’s many more households than we are currently serving, so we have decided to raise our campaign goal one final time to get food to our community members who need it.

Now, help us meet a real need for 35,000 Meals

We do not want to turn away households who need this food right now, and we think that with your help spreading the word, we can meet this final goal.

The original program was designed to provide 1000 Emergency Food Packages. That felt like a lofty goal at the time, but with your incredible support, we did it! Now, our new and final fundraising goal is not just a theoretical number – it represents a list of households that we know are in need of this healthy, local food. We have their addresses, we know what they need, we just need the resources to act.

Please consider making a donation of $55, $110, or more today to help us feed our friends and neighbors while supporting local farmers. Another great way to continue to help is to share our campaign with your friends and neighbors. You can forward this email directly to anyone you think might be able to help or simply share this link on social media: https://emergencyfoodpackages.funraise.org/

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting this important community project.

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