Why Free Food?
Our approach focuses on meeting the immediate hunger needs of our clients, and then moving onto longer-term solutions that empower clients to become independent.
The Above and Beyond Food Pantry was founded to be that source for food for those in the community that are unable to access it due to food insecurity or food apartheid. Food insecurity is a lack of access to fresh, nutritious food while food apartheid is the racially discriminatory political structures of both past and present that impacts food access in a community. But distributing free food to those who need it is just a short term solution to a long term problem in the community. We need to address the root causes of food insecurity in the West Garfield community and to do that we offer more than just food. We offer our clients access to social services including: nutrition education, cooking classes as well as on site case management dealing with housing, employment, mental health counseling, job search support, domestic violence support, and pubic benefit assistance (SNAP, Healthcare, Government Forms) in addition to giving out thousands of pounds of nutritious food using a client-choice distribution model.
Since Opening in Febuary 2021, we have served over 15,000 individuals
with nearly 50,000 meals
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