Since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Many have struggled with things from finances to food insecurity.
In this week’s Civic Service Report, we’re taking a look at how one local organization became one of the first in our area to help feed those in need and how their mission has progressed almost 8 months later.
“No one gets to where they’re going alone. And I’ve been blessed and I want to be a blessing.”
Dr. Peter Joudry has been helping serve the community, for close to 16 years now through the Nehemiah project.
“A value we have is to respond to need as quickly as we are able. And so we see a need and we respond to it.”
when the pandemic struck the Nehemiah project took action.
“We’ve been serving food, 2 meals a day, Monday through Friday since March 16th. We have served over 45,000 meals from this location and in remote locations at our kitchen here.”
From the start he has he’s seen all types of reactions, but the most common is people telling him they’ve never had to seek out help for food before. and to that, Joudry stresses there is no judgement there is no pre-registration he says as long as you show up, you will be fed.
“And what we’ve seen here is incredible. We’ve seen people drive to our locations and show up to where we are remotely with tears in their eyes.”
Kids 18 years old and younger receive a hot meal for that day, along with the next day’s breakfast. For adults, they also receive a hot meal along with a blessings box which is a box of groceries.
“We didn’t see this as the Nehemiah Project trying to do a big thing and ‘aren’t we wonderful.’No. We We are honored. Humbled. These folks are our neighbors, clients, colleagues. We are in this together. We need them and they need us and we are working together. We are not some high and mighty philanthropic organization. We are just here to serve people and we are blessed to be able to do it.”
Meals are served Monday through Friday from 11:30-12:30.
For more information on the Nehimiah Project. How to get involved or more on the food distribution you can head to their Facebook page @nehemiahprojectpa.
As always, if you have a story of a person or organization helping others let us know. We’ll showcase them here in our Civic Service Report.