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:
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, along with the St. Vincent De Paul Society, prepares and serves hot meals to needy individuals and families every Wednesday night at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto. Some of those served are homeless, while others are families with children who take advantage of this program to conserve the limited funds they have.
The Ecumenical Hunger Program serves home cooked meals to disadvantaged individuals and families in the community every Wednesday night. Please call (650) 323-7781 if you have any questions.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
1425 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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!
For our Neighbors in Need, please click on the link for more information on how to receive resources.