ECCF's Hunger Relief Project helps Essex County hunger organizations get the supplies and funding required to meet the rising need for services, and provides a directory of food resources by town for those in need of food assistance in Essex County, MA.
Visit the Essex County Hunger Relief website.
Autumn 2008 brought grim economic news and by the spring of 2009, most hunger relief organizations experienced a 30% increase in the number of new families needing services, including many from middle income families. ECCF Trustees challenged ECCF staff to find a way to help local hunger organizations meet this need.
Over 60 organizations of all shapes and sizes supply food to those in need in our communities. Each and every one is passionate about their work and dedicated to their clients. Many are run by volunteers working long hours to keep their shelves stocked with food. The four hunger networks serving the county meet regularly, and offer a way for organizations to communicate and share best practices. The Hunger Relief Project aims to support their work by:
- Providing up-to-date web information for clients, donors, and volunteers on the hunger organizations available in each of the 34 communities in Essex County.
- Increasing visibility for organizations to solicit the donations and volunteers they need.
- Supporting the region's largest annual food drive by providing donation bags for The National Association of Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive each May.
- Providing grants to support professional development and other activites of the regional hunger networks.
The project has been generously supported by a variety of local and national funders. In 2009, the Nordstrom Company selected the Essex County Hunger Relief Project to be one of the beneficiaries of the Gala Opening of its new store at the Northshore Mall. Through receipts from this event, along with a grant from The Women's Fund of Essex County, ECCF created this web directory and continues to maintain it.
ECCF's Hunger Project also supports the U.S. Letter Carrier's Annual Food Drive by supplying donation bags. The letter carriers deliver these bags to residents in participating communities. Once they are filled with food, the letter carriers pick them up and distribute them to local hunger relief organizations. The bags have dramatically increased the quantity of donated food, thus enabling pantries to stock their shelves into the summer months.