THE VAN & FRESH BOOST ARE HERE!
December 2022– The Amherst Survival Center is delighted to announce that following a successful fundraising campaign, we have purchased a new refrigerated Grocery Delivery van, helping to facilitate the expansion of our Food Pantry operations to include a new Fresh Boost additional shop and delivery.
This refrigerated van means ASC can serve more people and bring additional produce and perishables to all of our grocery delivery participants who need it. This is especially needed now, because more people are turning to the Amherst Survival Center than ever before, even more than during the peaks of the pandemic.
The Center has been working over the last 2.5 years to increase grocery allocations from the Food Pantry, responding to feedback from Pantry participants that they needed more food. In 2019, the Food Pantry provided roughly 5 days’ worth of food per household each month. In 2020, that increased to 8 days’ worth, and then 10 days’ worth of groceries. In order to achieve the goal of two full weeks of food, ASC added a second monthly shop. Many people don’t have the storage space to take two full weeks of food all at once, and shoppers sought more produce, more milk, more eggs, more bread – all healthy and perishable foods that are expensive at the store. In October 2022, the Center’s Food Pantry began offering the additional “Fresh Boost” monthly grocery shop onsite, giving local families access to double the produce and other perishables. Using this new van, the Center will also deliver Fresh Boost to delivery households who want it!
In a recent pantry feedback survey, one shopper shared that “Because of the savings on food, I’m able to pay for [medication].”
“I can hardly buy vegetables at the store…they are too expensive. This extra [produce] delivery will mean I can make healthy meals all month long.” Shared a local senior upon learning about the new Fresh Boost delivery.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS WHO PURCHASED THIS VAN AND SUPPORTED THIS PROGRAM EXPANSION!
2021-2022 ASC Board of Directors (Jan Eidelson, Deron Estes, Risha Hess, Lynn Griesemer, Chris Howland, Matthew Morin, Jennifer Moyston, Ted Parker, Ben Peters, Nicola Usher, Allison van der Velden)
John & Elizabeth Armstrong
Robert Bezucha & Jenny Kallick
Susan Crim & Sylvia Smith
The Geissler Family
Mauricia Geissler & Denyse Gruenk
Judy Glaser , in memory of Jane Hollapa and Vangie Wescott
Peggy Shannon & Nina Dabek
Lynn Adler & Paige Warren ; Tim Anderson ; Doug Baker ; Jim & Pat Barry; Lev & Keleigh BenEzra; Julie Bermant & R David Murray ; Tom Braden ; Alisa V. Brewer ; Ashley Carlisle; Zoe Crabtree; Eric & Barbara Decker; Bill & Marianne Eagleson; Judith Espinola; Jonathan & Margaret Evans ; Peter Everett; Aaron Falbel; Molly Falsetti-Yu; Bob Feldman & Katherine Vorwerk; The Feraud-King Family ; Kay Fite; Maurille & Janice Fournier; Amy Gazin-Schwartz; Michelle Geoffroy; Orca & Julio Giarrusso; Rachel Gordon; Sam & Tammy Hannigan ; Elizabeth Hemley; Stephanie Kraft ; Rich Kump; Carol Lewis & Pat DeAngelis ; Julie & Mickey Marcus; Gerald McFarland; Nicola Metcalf ; Naifeh-Bajorek Family; Erik & Zoe Nordquist ; Judi Nydon; PeoplesBank ; Kristin Peterson & Ann Skowron; Michael Ponsor ; Nancy Posner ; Lisa & Jon Queenin; David Roach & Gabrielle Stapleton-Roach; Liz Rosenberg, The Toy Box ; Alex Scarlatos; David Schneider & Klára Móricz; Nina Scott; Patrick Slaney; Judith Solsken; Judith Souweine; Summerlin Floors, Ann Bronner ; Patricia Thiebeaux & Michael Bedard; Constance Wilkins; Susan Zarchin; Kay Ziogar
…and other donors who chose to give anonymously.