Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Top 10 Reasons to Help Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless in 2009 Despite Economic Crisis

/PRNewswire/ -- Despite the economy, many people may find that helping someone in greater need than themselves is a rewarding way to contribute positively to the community. Because of today's dire economic environment, Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless (HFTH) is seeing a staggering 35 percent drop in financial donations amid a 45 percent increase in calls for assistance and needs help to continue providing critical human services in Metro Atlanta and around the world.

Over the last 40 years, HFTH has grown to become the largest food bank in the Southeast region directly serving individuals and families year-round and during its famous holiday dinners at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King's Birthday and Easter. But the Atlanta-based nonprofit also offers critical human services that helps sustain the working poor with other basic needs.

"There is so much to be done before the holidays, and we're beginning our campaign now to get at least 400 people who live in the Atlanta area and across the nation to join us for our 40th anniversary year," said Elisabeth Omilami, HFTH's executive director. "We want people to think of us early so we can stop hunger now and help the working poor with their basic needs to survive."

By giving money, material donations, or volunteering at HFTH, people can help:

-- Feed over 160,000 people annually
-- Prevent homelessness for hundreds of working poor families annually
-- Provide temporary housing or utility restoration for families
-- Meet the basic needs of working poor families each week
-- Deliver more than 25,000 meals to senior citizens
-- Deliver food, vitamins, candles, batteries, blankets and clothes to
the homeless
-- Provide personal budgeting, financial management and job placement
-- Serve more than 4,000 meals at Sunday services
-- Provide 3,000 children with new school book bags, clothes, and shoes
-- Distribute food, medical supplies and educational funding to the needy
in Haiti, Philippines and Uganda

"Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 1, 2008, we helped 1,610 individuals with the human services we provide; during the same period this year, more than 3,080 individuals benefited from our services," added Omilami. "Everyone can make a difference in helping those in need, no matter how large or small a contribution."

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