Cherry Hill: Food Pantry Relocation Fundraiser

Source: Cherry Hill Food and Outreach Council

The Cherry Hill Food Pantry has been providing food assistance to our South Jersey community for 13 years. We currently support over 2,000 people in nearly 700 households and we continue to accept new registrants every week.

The pantry began in May 2006. Collecting food every 4th Sunday morning has been a regular yearlong activity at the Universal Unitarian Church in Cherry Hill (UUCH). Eleven Cherry Hill congregations that form the foundation of the Cherry Hill Food Pantry work together to provide food and volunteers to staff the pantry on a rotating basis.

On October 13, 2015 the Cherry Hill Food Pantry (CHFC) moved from a small 900 square foot house on Chapel Avenue to a 4,100 square foot storefront located at 1463 Brace Road, near Rte 561 & Tutti Toscani. The food pantry currently serves 850 families and provides over 400,000 pounds of food yearly. At this location, clients now shop and select what they want from 30 different categories of food items. The grocery store style shopping experience replaces the old system of grocery items prepackaged for the clients by volunteers.

For the past three years, our current landlord has graciously allowed us to lease their space for only the cost of expenses. However, our lease end date is August 5, 2019, as the pantry’s entire location will undergo a long-needed revitalization. We have now leased a new space which requires significant renovation. We need to raise the financing necessary to outfit this new space and to pay ongoing rent.

Our goal is to raise funds for work including electrical, painting, air conditioning, and flooring. Any unused funds will be used for future lease payments and/or capital purchases such as refrigerators and freezers.

We are neighbors helping neighbors — a volunteer-run, non-profit organization. For the first time in 13 years, we need your help to keep helping others. Please consider us and visit our donation page.

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