Heartland Hope Mission Serving Double the Families Due to COVID Economic Effects
The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have translated to increased demand for Heartland Hope Mission’s (www.HeartlandHopeMission.org) services. The Mission currently is helping twice as many families as average, with a surge in the number of residents facing crisis situations and needing food, clothing, diapers, job resources, and community referrals. Keeping its food pantry stocked has become increasingly important in recent weeks, but so has the need for helping people get back into the job market and working their ways back to self-sufficiency.
One new client of Heartland Hope is Hilana and her family. In the wake of COVID’s arrival, she and her husband lost their jobs on the same day and quickly found themselves in crisis mode. Hilana said the pantry at Heartland Hope has been “really important” to her family right now, and even as they have no idea what the future holds for them, they are encouraged by the services available there as they get back in the driver’s seat. Due to the increased demand for those services, Heartland Hope is in need of additional volunteers at their food pantry. Volunteers distribute food and hygiene products—or host a drive to help restock Heartland’s shelves.
Heartland Hope Mission is one of the largest food pantries in the state, but is more than a pantry, as they help families recover from crises and return to supporting themselves. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.HeartlandHopeMission.org. Keep up with what they are doing in the community by following them on Facebook and Instagram (@HeartlandHopeMission).