This morning we held a press conference to announce the public phase of a $500,000 capital campaign. “Thirteen years ago this building was built by the founders of this organization and the entire community. Since 2003, we have seen an 80% increase in the number of visits to our Food Pantry…and a 40% increase in the number of meals served in our Soup Kitchen,” said Karen Parker, Executive Director. “In order to continue feeding more hungry people we will be starting a construction project which will add 40% more square footage to our space, providing us with ample food storage, a client waiting room and more efficient office space. Through the support of the community we have raised over $425,000 toward the goal of $500,000. We are so appreciative of the generous community support we have received to date, and we really hope that today will inspire more people to join us on this campaign so that we can reach our goal.”

Thank you to everyone in attendance and everyone who has support the campaign so far. A special thanks to Senator Mitchell for helping MCHPP break ground. In his own words: “I’m a proud supporter of this program because I believe it is meeting a real need in our society. Whatever one’s view of the world, of politics or otherwise, we all share a common humanity and, as Americans, a common pride in our society. A society which I believe cannot and will not leave anyone, especially children, hungry. I encourage everyone here and everybody who hears this message to do what they can to support this really, very, very meaningful and necessary program.”

You can find out more about the campaign and make a donation on the expansion page of our website.

Press has already started trickling in from the event – make sure to check out local news coverage tonight on Channels 13, 6, and 8. Together we truly can make a brighter future for our neighbors.