There is no more critical time to serve those in need than during a crisis. Those we serve are some of the most vulnerable people in our community and they will be some of the hardest hit. Many of us can overcome lost hours at work or extra medical expenses but this population largely cannot. Instead they are at risk of facing hunger or becoming homeless. That’s why we’re here.
THRIVE is remaining fully operational, serving families with emergency food and rent and utility assistance. Since the outbreak, we have witnessed a severe spike in requests for food assistance. As other pantries are forced to temporarily close, families are turning to pantries like ours for emergency food and we are rising to meet the need.
The Governor of Virginia announced a Stay at Home Order yesterday (Click here to read). This order allows essential businesses to remain open including food pantries and agencies that prevent evictions. Therefore, THRIVE Peninsula will remain fully operational, serving families in financial distress.
THRIVE Peninsula was featured on Channel 13 News Now – see video below.
THRIVE Peninsula was mentioned in the Daily Press article on United Way and its agencies. Click here to read the article.
In the past 2 weeks, THRIVE’s food pantry has served 341 people, distributing nearly 6,675 pounds of food. To continue to distribute food at this level, we need your support.Please consider donating some of the following items that we are most in need of:
Donations can be made Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm at our office: 13195 Warwick Blvd, Unit 2C, Newport News. Please pull around back and call us when you’ve arrived: 757-877-6211 x2. We will unload it from your vehicle.
You can also make a monetary donation to support the food pantry. Click here to donate.
We have a need for extra hands to help pack foods for families and do administrative work because many of our regular volunteers are choosing to self-quarantine due to medical concerns. If you are willing to volunteer 2-10 hours a week for a couple weeks or more, please contact Mary: 877-6211 x2 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking for help Mon – Thurs 11am – 5pm.
While evictions and utility cut-offs are largely paused for the next few weeks, we know that we will become bombarded with requests when those hiatuses end and families are suffering from lost income and added expenses. Please consider making a donation to help families who may lose their housing because of extra costs incurred during this pandemic. Click here to donate.
The Virginia Poverty Law Center has created an excellent resource for tenants to learn their rights during the outbreak. Click here to view.
Safety Precautions We Are Taking
We have altered our services so we can keep serving local families but keeping everyone safe from infection. We are taking every precaution necessary including 1) The building is limited to staff or volunteers only – all donors and recipients will be served outside of our back door 2) We are quarantining canned good donations for 72 hours and boxed donations for 24 hours as per the CDC’s information on how long the virus can live on different surfaces. 3) We are regularly sanitizing all surfaces and volunteers and staff are washing hands in between clients. 4) We are coordinating all financial assistance and financial coaching by phone instead of in person. Want to learn more? Click here to view our full list of safety guidelines for our food pantry.
Do you know someone who needs assistance?
Check out www.thrivepeninsula.org/help for details on how to receive our services.
Thank you for your steadfast support of our mission. Please take action today to help us lift up our neighbors in need during this unprecedented emergency.