The New Hope Community Church, a congregation of 100 members, saw a need to feed their surrounding South Sacramento neighborhood in which one in three people live below the poverty line. They started a program in 2007 called The Gift of Groceries. They feed about 300 families every week. Since they began, they have supplied over eight million pounds of food to 500,000 people. They have done it by partnering with the Sacramento Food Bank, Raley's Grocery Store and Lifepointe Church members. They gave over one million pounds of food to over 48,000 people last year alone. It is a great example of a small group with a big vision helping a community by leveraging the help of others.
Their success at helping others has come at a cost, though. The weight of the food and the forklift to move it has caused a lot of damage to their Parking lot and they need $100,000 to replace it. It has become a real safety hazard.
This neighborhood is near and dear to my heart. Our first home was in South Sacramento. We loved the area and began our family there. We have also spent some time delivering food to the New Hope Church from Raley's. If you can help, follow the link to either church link above or