Emergency Food Assistance
EHP provides boxes of food to meet basic nutritional needs of families, as well as to individuals experiencing temporary emergency needs or special circumstances, such as long-term illness. The food boxes are nutritionally balanced, containing protein, vegetables, grains, cereals, and canned goods. They are prepared with an understanding of the cultural and ethnic preferences of each family.
Individual Food Bags
EHP provides supplemental bags of food to homeless individuals or individuals/families in transitional housing. These individuals/families have no means of cooking or refrigerating their food and depend on supplemental meal bags for sustenance. These individuals/families would go hungry without this critical resource.
Please help by donating the following items (single serving size preferred) or donate complete meal bags (each bag should be packed with a variety of items to cover one day's worth of food - 3 meals):
Non-Food Items Needed:
New! Change in Days and Service Hours of EHP's Food Services
EHP is now offering food distribution Monday through Thursday. We have also expanded the hours of operation. Clients can pick up food boxes from 9 am - 12 pm and from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. EHP IS CLOSED FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY.
The Hot Lunch Program is back! Hot lunches provided by Loaves and Fishes are available Monday through Thursdays after 11:00 (pending delivery by Loaves and Fishes).
Fresh Approach's mission is to create long-term change in local food systems, by connecting California communities with healthy food from California farmers and expanding knowledge about food and nutrition. Fresh Approach offers programs that empower underserved neighborhoods and communities of color to improve food access and reduce health disparities, through community-based nutrition education (VeggieRx workshops), access points to fresh fruits and vegetables through financial incentives and affordable farmers’ markets, as well as urban agriculture and community engagement projects. In East Palo Alto, Fresh Approach is continuing the long legacy of local agriculture and food justice movements that was carried out by Collective Roots. A merger between Fresh Approach and Collective Roots in 2018 resulted in deeper connections with the EPA community for the betterment of local residents.
To address the COVID19 crisis, Fresh Approach partnered with the Ecumenical Hunger Project to complement their food distributions with an average of 140 weekly CSA-style boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables. The produce is purchased from Pie Ranch, a non-profit farm located in Pescadero, and from beginning and marginalized farmers participating in their business incubator program.
Hot Meal Program
EHP's Wednesday night Hot Meal Program held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto has been cancelled due to the Covid19 crisis. EHP hopes to resume this program when it is safe to do so. Please call Ecumenical Hunger Program at 650-323-7781 if you have any questions.
Pack the Bag Program
A growing problem in our local community – children and students go home on Friday and do not receive adequate nutrition until they return to school on the following Monday. Now, during a tough economy, many students have been identified as suffering from this problem.
EHP’s Pack the Bag program enables children to receive nutritional easy-to-prepare and/or ready-to-eat food during weekends. By purchasing food in bulk, we are able to serve more children effectively.
What we need:
How you Can Help – Sponsor a Hungry Child Now!
Your monthly sponsorship of $10, or $120 a year, will help provide an identified, undernourished student with food on weekends. Your donation will alleviate symptoms of chronic hunger. 100% of your sponsorship will go toward the purchase of food for hungry children and your donation is tax deductible.
Loaves & Fishes Partners with EHP - Ecumenical Hunger Program to Provide prepared individual meals. Thank you to @2ndharvest for the introduction!
June 6, 2022 - EHP Resumes the Hot Lunch Program!
Partnering with Loaves & Fishes, EHP is providing individually wrapped hot meals Monday through Thursday, from noon - 1 pm. This is perfect for children during summer recess. EHP welcomes our neighbors in need to stop by our campus between 12 - 1 pm and enjoy a hot meal out in our patio area.
For our Neighbors in Need, please click on the link for more information on how to receive resources.