Macomb Project H.O.P.E. Inc. NFP (Help Our People Eat) is pleased to operate a different kind of food pantry called “The Harvest”. This client-choice pantry offers the traditional canned and boxed goods as well as seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables grown by the organization’s members as well as area farmers and gardeners.
Families and individuals who want to utilize this resource will be asked to register into “The Harvest” Partner Program. At that time, they will be given a list of places in the community where they can volunteer for a minimum of two hours in order to receive their first month’s groceries. They will be required to volunteer a minimum of two hours each month that they wish to receive food or supplies. This program is designed to promote a sense of self-worth as well as service to the community. It is hoped that this concept will foster self-reliance but also a sense of fellowship and belonging as members work together to better themselves and the community.
If any organization wishes to be listed as a volunteer opportunity for pantry users, please contact Lois Stenger, pantry coordinator, at 309-255-5920. “The Harvest” is located within H.O.P.E. Community Thrift Store which is located at 122 N. Side Square in historic downtown Macomb, Illinois. Hours for the new pantry are the same as the thrift store.
Donations of canned and boxed goods may be dropped off anytime at the thrift store during business hours. Current store hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Groups or organizations interested in conducting food drives or fund-raising events throughout the year to support the pantry are welcomed and greatly appreciated. Monetary donations may be made out to Macomb Project H.O.P.E. Inc. NFP. Please put “The Harvest” in the memo line. We are a 501c3 tax-exempt charity so that charitable contribution statements can be issued upon request. Thank you for supporting Project H.O.P.E. ministries!
*PLEASE NOTE: Everyone who comes to the food pantry seeking assistance will receive a complimentary free bag of groceries whether or not they wish to sign up for The Harvest Partner Program. Other food is also available within the thrift store. They are encouraged to sign up for the pantry but that is a decision they make. The advantages in joining the pantry program is that it offers a wider range of products not always found at other food pantries such as flour, sugar, cleaning supplies, paper products, and body care items. The pantry strives to operate like a “personal shopper” for members.