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ABOUT US

Hands of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to efficiently distributing food to alleviate hunger. Our food drive focuses on sustaining good nutrition, health, and human dignity, helping individuals meet their full potential and silence the pain of hunger.

MISSION & VISION

At Hands of Hope, a non-profit community-based organization, we are dedicated to alleviating hunger through an efficient and effective centralized food distribution system. Our mission is to sustain good nutrition, health, and human dignity, enabling individuals to reach their full potential and silence the pain of hunger. Join us in making a difference in our community by donating food, making a monetary contribution, or volunteering your time. Together, we can fight hunger and foster hope.

OUR STORY

In 1992, Hands of Hope, Inc. began serving the community as a food pantry, soup kitchen, and limited clothes closet. Today, the program continues to operate from St. James Church in Edison, NJ. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) community-based organization, Hands of Hope remains committed to providing an efficient and effective system for distributing food to alleviate hunger, one family at a time. We operate entirely with the help of volunteers, as we do not have any paid staff.

In March 2020, in response to the onset of COVID-19, Hands of Hope revamped its operations to ensure the safety of our volunteers and clients. We transitioned to a drive-up model, allowing clients to remain in their cars while volunteers placed food directly into their vehicles. This method streamlined our process and enabled us to meet the increasing demand. Throughout the pandemic, our generous supporters continued to keep our shelves stocked and contributed over $300,000 in monetary and in-kind donations.

Throughout late 2023 and early 2024, Hands of Hope faced another uphill challenge as the demand for food skyrocketed by nearly 40% compared to prior years. The board and volunteers worked tirelessly to increase donations and improve efficiency in the drive-thru line. We expanded our partnership with the Community Food Bank of NJ to ensure our shelves remained stocked and continued to meet the needs of our community.

OUR PANTRY

Hands of Hope has proudly operated out of the basement of St. James Episcopal Church since its inception. Despite the modest size of our space, our dedicated pantry manager, Kathy, along with our incredible team of volunteers, ensures that the facility remains meticulously organized and well-stocked. This level of organization allows us to distribute food and other essential items efficiently and effectively to those in need.

Over the years, our facility has experienced several remodels, expansions, and re-organizations to better serve our community. We have been extremely fortunate to receive over $300,000 in HUD Block Grants, which have been instrumental in funding these critical repairs and improvements. These grants have enabled us to enhance our infrastructure, ensuring that we can continue to operate smoothly and meet the growing demands of our service.

Our commitment to providing essential support to our community is unwavering, and we continually strive to improve our facility and services. If you would like to learn more about our facility and the work we do, please click here

OUR PARTNERS

We are proud to collaborate with a network of local food banks, churches, schools, and other organizations to provide our members with meals, groceries, and other essential resources. These partnerships enable us to offer comprehensive services to those in need, ensuring everyone in our community has access to nutritious food. We are deeply grateful for the support and efforts of our partners, who share our vision of a hunger-free community. Together, we work towards sustainable solutions, leveraging each other's strengths to maximize our impact and expand our reach, serving more individuals in need.

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