Project SHARE distributes food during the week of the 3rd Thursday of each month. Recipients may come once per month during that week. Project SHARE hours of distribution are Tuesday 12-2pm, Wednesday 9-11am, Thursday 3:30-5:30pm, and Saturday 9-11am. Each allocation of food contains 55-65 nutritious food items, approximately one week’s groceries for a family of four.
Twenty teams of volunteers deliver food to over 95 homebound households. In addition, a team of over 20 volunteers including South Middleton special needs students prepare the food for delivery.
ELIGIBILITY & THOSE SERVED
Eligibility is determined by total gross household income being under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. We serve about 1,100 households each month, approximately 16% are seniors and 30% are children.
More than 350 volunteers help us prepare and hand out food during our distribution week. Personal interaction amongst our volunteers and recipients allows for the sharing of gratitude and concerns. In this way, Project SHARE affirms everyone’s humanity. Are YOU Hungry to Help?
LOCATION – Map
Located on the corner of Pitt and Lincoln street, the Project SHARE Farmstand provides fresh produce and other miscellaneous food items. The Farmstand is available to anyone in need and may be visited as often as needed. The farm stand is closed during the week of distribution.
SENIOR BOXES (CFSP / FNS)
Project SHARE is a distribution site for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) which is administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the US Dept. of Agriculture. We call it a Senior Box. This box includes 4 packages of vegetables, 2 cans of fruit, 2 bottles of juice, 1 canned meat or fish, 1 protein, 1 carbohydrate, 2 boxes of cereal, evaporated milk and cheese.
In order to qualify for the program one must be 60 years of age or older and have a household gross income of less than 130% of the Federal Poverty Guideline. Needed documents are proof of ID and proof of total gross household income. Please call the Recipient Coordinator at Project SHARE at 249-7773 to make an appointment to register. The boxes are distributed during our monthly distributions.
In addition to providing as much fresh produce and healthy food choices as possible, Project SHARE is committed to teaching you how to make wise choices and meals for your family. Take advantage of our recipes and ideas in the kitchen during distribution. The Food for Life ladies prepare healthy meals and snacks that you can make for your family. We also have materials that teach you about correct portion sizes and the number of servings from each food group you should be getting every day.
Enroll in one of our cooking classes, too! We have three age-based sections of “Kids in the Kitchen” for children ages 4 – 17 which meet monthly in 2018.
We also have an adult, hands-on, cooking class called “Slice of the Month,” a SHARED experience for adults. It is held the second Thursday of every month and shows adults how to prepare easy, delicious recipes with the food that will be available at our main Distribution and/or Farmstand that month. Participants learn new techniques from chopping and mixing, to sautéing and baking. After each class, participants walk away with valuable nutrition knowledge, simple recipes, as well as lasting friendships and a full belly.
Cooking class spots will fill up fast, so sign up today for kids or adult classes on our Time to Sign Up page!
To supplement families who may not be able to provide their children with nutritious meals in the summer without the free school breakfast and lunch program, Project SHARE and other community organizations strive to provide a solution to this problem with the Summer’s Lunch & Learn Program! Local congregations, organizations, school districts, and numerous dedicated volunteers work towards feeding these hungry bellies as well as their minds with reading and learning enrichment activities, active hands on experiences, and other participatory programming that will make their days a joy. A healthy snack time and a full lunch are prepared and delivered from Project SHARE’s kids-friendly kitchen directed by our Nutrition Coordinator, Weston to our multiple Lunch & Learn sites. Click here for more information on this summer’s program!
Life skills are also taught at Project SHARE to help our community reach another level in their life long journey of learning and applying new skills to success. For example, our Self Confidence and Finance Building class are one of a number of classes offered.
CUMBERLAND FRESH MATCH DOLLARS – Double Your Purchases!
Project SHARE and Farmers on the Square (FOTS) are entering their fourth year of collaboration on a program to assist and encourage recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Senior (and/or) Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP/FMNP) benefits (all commonly known as food stamps) to provide additional fresh, healthful, nutritious food for their families.
Farmers on the Square strives to offer all members of our community access to fresh, healthy, nutritious, locally produced products. FRESH MATCH (previously known as Double Up Market Bucks) supplements food stamp dollars spent at the market with matching funds in order to improve accessibility of our farmers’ products for these patrons. Access to high-quality food is important from a public health point of view; in low socioeconomic status groups, the burden of diet-related diseases is disproportionately high. By promoting healthful, perhaps unfamiliar and arguably more delicious food choices, the program encourages individuals and their families to adopt positive, workable, diet-related behaviors.