Hopewell and Goochland, Va., may be miles apart, but on Tuesday they became closer than ever when Hopewell Food Pantry decided to pay its donation forward.
Serving as the only food pantry in Hopewell for more than 33 years, Hopewell Food Pantry's needs have drastically increased. When the Pantry began, they fed less than 1,000 families per year. But after the recession in 2008, the Pantry's clients grew to more than 11,000 clients annually – nearly half of the population in the city of Hopewell.
As a result, the Pantry quickly outgrew its previous building and had many unmet facility needs. That's when its community decided to step in and help. Donors from around the city stepped in to provide grants, donations and a brand new building!
FeedMore Food Bank also nominated Hopewell Food Pantry for Food Lion's Great Pantry Makeover. The makeover included funding for any cosmetic upgrades, food donations and Food Lion volunteers to do refurbish and stock the pantry shelves.
While the Pantry can always utilize donations, they knew there was an organization that needed Food Lion's help more. So, they decided to forego their makeover and pass it along to another pantry in need.
Nearly 54 miles away in the town of Goochland, Victory Christian Church received the exciting call that their pantry, Harvest Food Pantry, would now receive the makeover.
"We could not believe it, said Mike Hennigan, Victory Christian Church lead pastor. "We feel so blessed to receive this and know we will really be able to serve our community better because of this work."
The Great Pantry Makeover Team provided Harvest Food Pantry with new flooring, paint, shelving, brand new refrigerators and a donation of more than 10,000 meals.
And to say thank you to Hopewell Food Pantry, The Makeover Team surprised them with a 33,000 meal donation to stock their shelves and welcome them into their new pantry building.
Sometimes, it’s the smallest decisions that have the greatest impact. Thanks to Hopewell Food Pantry's random act of kindness, many children, families and seniors will not have to face hunger in Virginia.