COVID19, Project Update

COVID-19 Updates

Good News

The Harvest Food Pantry has been working harder than ever to meet the growing needs of our community. We’re serving 74% more households and offering bigger boxes as much as possible. We are still operating our weekly community distribution on Thursdays from 10 am-Noon, our case managers deliver personalized food boxes to family clients on Fridays, and our Kitchen Manager and staff deliver boxes to Freedom and Veteran clients.

Unemployment rates in our programs are still at an all-time high. 44 adults are currently unemployed, including 24 family households, 18 Freedom clients, and 2 youth (18-24). An additional 45 clients are working part-time as a result of reduced hours. Although many are looking for employment, some parents cannot work until childcare options (schools, summer camp, etc.) are available. Still, thanks to some stability, a few were able to find other opportunities that are changing their lives for the better!

  • A 21-year-old client in the Freedom program was laid off from one restaurant job but was hired at another restaurant where a Harvest House graduate is a manager. She is grateful to be employed and to be able to work alongside a graduate and friend.
  • Another Freedom client was laid off from a local fast food restaurant but was able to secure another job at a local retirement home as a housekeeper. She said that she is so happy to be able to finally work with the elderly, and she would have never made the career move otherwise.
  • Two clients in the Home Again program were laid off from their jobs. One worked at a local restaurant and the other worked for a local cleaning company for rental properties. In the last week, both have found employment. One delivers food with DoorDash, and the other was hired in a retirement home to help keep up with new cleaning protocols.

Thank you, donors & volunteers!

Without our unified community of supporters, we would not be able to carry out our work on a daily basis, especially in the face of a global crisis.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, and donors Bob & Lin Williams, awarded Harvest House $50,000 to meet the immediate needs of clients, including increased demand at the Harvest Food Pantry. Gulf Coast also awarded Harvest House a grant for the purchase of three new laptops to allow staff to work remotely.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded Harvest House a $20,000 grant to support the Home Again permanent supportive housing program, helping keep the cost for housing and services affordable for the families we serve, especially during these times. We’re honored that our friends at BoA Charitable Foundation believe in our mission and support our work.

We received a generous grant of $20,160 from the Manatee County COVID-19 Community Response Fund to assist Harvest House clients residing in Manatee County.

We’d also like to send special thank you’s to Del Monte, Quinnd, Nellie’s Deli & The Overton, The COVID Response Network, and last but not least, our incredible donors.

Thank you!!

Alana Tomasso | Alex Barth | Allison & Carl  Petrat | Amy Whitworth | Arlena Dominick | Arlene Santorelli-Tummino | Bob & Lin Williams | Brandy & Will Austin | Brenda Lindell | Brian O’Donnell | Carolyn Blum | Charles & Donna Craychee | Charles Garbett | Christ Church of Longboat Key | Cynthia Piper | Danielle Bernier | Diane Capobianco | Diane Fishbein | Ed Primrose | Elizabeth Nelson | Elton & Gordie White | Encore of Sarasota, Inc. | Frank & Linda Wenthur | Fred & Darlene Forsythe | Gretchen Hill | Heidi Gouvei | Hein & Claire Rusen | Irene Gerontianos | Jack & Nancy Rozance | Jeanette Bailey | Jennifer Gutierrez | Jerry & Valerie Devos | Jim & Merle Winfree | Joan Lovell | Joe & Nora Stephan | Jonathan & Barbara Shagrin | Kim Frederick-Minor | Kimberly Cartlidge | Kristen Andrews | Linda Berliner | Lori Madden | Mark & Carol Lehman | Matthew Minor | Melissa Koss | Michael & Jacquelyn Murphy | Misty Nichols | Norman Hudgens | Paul & Roberta Ingrassia | Robert Ellis | Robert & Claudene Harkins | Russet Coviello | Sally Rauch | Sharon Price | Sharona Robinson | Siesta Key Chapel | Skip and Gail Sack | Theodore Smith | Thomas Robert Wall Family Foundation | Tom Walker | Toni Rizzo | Trac Bretoi | Vanessa Sauceda

This donor list is current as of 04/24/2020.

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