Feelin’ Fruity

July has arrived even though it doesn’t feel like it. But with the arrival of the new month comes our new Pantry Item of the Month!!

For July we’re asking for donations of canned fruit and/or cups of fruit. We’ll gladly accept any brand or variety of fruit. Donate your favorite or whatever may be on sale. Either way we’re gonna put it to good use.

This month’s pantry item will be primarily used in our food bag program and at our next Community Grocery Giveaway taking place on August 13th. We try to make sure that each food bag has fruit included but we are often running low on these items.

To donate please drop off at our Administrative Office during business hours M-F. Our Admin Office is located opposite our Thrift Store on our central lot located at 215 W. Church St in Hagerstown. If you are unable to drop off during business hours please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that works for you.

If you’d prefer to shop online at smile.amazon.com or another online retailer then please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 as our delivery address. (To learn more about shopping at AmazonSmile please click here: General Information | hagerstownhopecenter and scroll to the bottom of the page)

Thank you for partnering with us to help feed neighbors in need in our community! To learn more about the food programs at The Hope Center please click here: Food Programs | hagerstownhopecenter

Down on the Farm

Did you know…

We have a farm?? The Farm is home to our Good Samaritan Lodge and our outdoor camp facility for Camp Wild.

But The Farm is not just used for those ministry purposes. The Farm is an actual farm complete with barn and fields!

The Farm is situated on about 80 acres just outside of Hagerstown on the Conococheague Creek.

For the past few years our farmyard and barn has sat dormant. But this spring we’ve started bringing it back to life. And now we’re excited to announce that The Farm is up and running again!

Spearheaded by Terry, husband of our Thrift Store/Donation Center manager, Aimee, The Farm is now home to a pair of steer along with chickens, and turkeys.

The animals are being raised to help supplement the eggs and meat supply we use at The Hope Center to feed our residents and community guests.

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to Terry, Dillan and the rest of the crew who’ve helped mend fences, corral the steer, and bring our barn back to life! There’s a lot of work involved with this operation and we’re so thankful for their skill, hardwork and desire to help make sure we’ve got plenty of meat to feed those in need in our community!

If you are ever in need of a delicious meal please join us for one of our meals served every day of the year. Our kitchen does not close ever – it’s open on holidays and during inclement weather. All meals are free for anyone and everyone in the community – so bring the family or the whole neighborhood!

For more info about our food/meal programs or our farm please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com

And the Pantry Item of the Month is…

June has arrived which means it’s time for our newest Pantry Item of the Month!

For the month of June we’re asking for jars of pasta sauce. We’ll gladly accept any brand, variety, or size of pasta sauce.

Our kitchen uses a good amount of pasta sauce each month for the community meals we serve. And pasta sauce is also a staple item, along with boxes of spaghetti, for our food bag program. We make sure each food bag has pasta sauce when available.

We’ve also learned that pasta sauce is a hot item at our Community Grocery Giveaways that we host every season.

We’d appreciate any donation of pasta sauce! To donate please drop off at our Administrative Office (215 W. Church St) during business hours Mon – Fri. If you’re unable to drop off during the weekday then please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that works.

If you’d prefer shopping online at your favorite vendor please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address.

Thank you for caring and sharing with the community! If you’d like to learn more about our food services please visit https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/food-programs

PB&J for May!

For the month of May we’re asking for jars of peanut butter and/or jelly for our Pantry Item of the Month.

Peanut butter and jelly is are staple items of our food bag program. If we have them in stock they go into food bags for neighbors in need. Peanut butter is a very popular item and we often run out of jars.

We’re asking for any brand or type of peanut butter. From crunchy to creamy, Peter Pan or Jif, natural or honey roasted, we’ll gladly take any jar of peanut butter. And the same goes for jams & jellies. We’ll happily take any brand or flavor.

And with our next Community Grocery Giveaway taking place on May 14th, we’re going to go through a lot of peanut butter and jelly this month. Any donation of PB&J will be a huge blessing.

To donate please drop off to our Administrative Office during business hours M-F (8:15-11:30am and 12:15-4pm). Our Administrative Office is located across from the Thrift Store on our central parking lot at 215 W. Church St. If you’re unable to drop off during our business hours please call us at 301.739.1165 to arrange a better time.

If you’d prefer ordering online from your favorite vendor like AmazonSmile please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address.

If you, or someone you know, could use a food bag or grocery assistance please call us at 301.739.1165 to request a food bag. And don’t forget to make a plan to join us on Friday, May 14th for our next Community Grocery Giveaway.

Washington County Gives Returns May 11th!

It’s almost time for Washington County Gives 2021! Washington County Gives is a 24-hour day of online giving benefitting non-profits in Washington County.

From midnight until 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 11th, you can join other generous neighbors in supporting The Hope Center by giving online at washingtoncountygives.org.

This year we’re asking the community to support our major food services expansion and renovation project.

The expansion and renovation of our food services area is in full swing. In fact, at the end of April we were able to move into our brand new kitchen! The new kitchen will provide our food services staff and volunteers a much larger and more efficient space to prepare and serve multiple meals a day to our residents and community guests.

Now that the new kitchen is completed, the construction project has moved into the dining room where our old kitchen has been torn out and will become a part of a much larger dining room. This expanded dining room will allow us to seat twice the amount of people per meal.

In addition to the new kitchen and dining room, we’ve been able to have a brand new pantry which is 3x’s bigger than the previous pantry. This huge pantry will provide ample room for all the food we need to create meals and allow us more storage for our food bank program and community food giveaway events.

This is a much needed project as we have not made any major changes or improvements to our kitchen since moving into our building in the late 1950’s. This construction project will allow us to meet the current needs and also be prepared to better reach people in need in the future.

Please consider partnering with us to feed our community by donating a gift to us during Wsahington County Gives. To give during the event is quick and easy and will make a huge impact in our goal to end hunger and food insecurity.

You can donate to our cause any time on May 11th. We’ll provide a link from our Facebook page and also our website which will lead you directly to our WCG page to help make donating even quicker for you.

And please encourage your family, friends, church, coworkers, and social media followers to join you in giving to our construction project.

To learn more please click here: WCG | hagerstownhopecenter or call 301.739.1165.

March Pantry Item of the Month

We’re a few days into a new month – and the arrival of a new month means a new Pantry Item of the Month!

This month we’re not asking for a specific food donation. Instead we need heavy duty paper plates and/or 8oz cups for hot beverages.

We’re still serving all meals in the Trinity Center due to social distancing guidelines from the pandemic and also because of the kitchen expansion construction project. And because of all that we are still using disposable serving items for all of our daily meals for our residents and guests.

Earlier in the pandemic we asked for donations of products like plates, cups, and plastic serveware and the community came through in a tremendous way! Now we’re at the point where we desperately need more disposable plates and cups.

If you would like to donate heavy duty paper plates and/or 8oz cups (for hot beverages) please drop them off to our Administrative Offices during business hours (M-F 8:15am-11:30am and 12:15pm-4pm). If our office times don’t work for you then please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that suits.

If you’d prefer shopping online at your favorite vendor like AmazonSmile* then please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 as our delivery address.

We truly appreciate any donation of these items! Thank you for helping to make a difference in our community! If you’d like more info on our food services programs or any of the other programs we provide the community please visit hagerstownhopecenter.com.

*AmazonSmile is a way for you to shop Amazon while also making a donation to your community! When you shop AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate a portion of the proceeds from your order to The Hope Center. Go to smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon account. When prompted to select a non-profit search for The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission and choose us as your beneficiary. Now you’re ready to shop! It’s that easy. For more info go to hagerstownhopecenter.com and scroll down our homepage for the AmazonSmile info.

Another Successful Food Giveaway!

Our 3rd Community Grocery Giveaway was a huge success!!

We hosted the quarterly event on February 26th as a way to help anyone in the community in need of grocery assistance. While we hand out food bags to anyone in need each month, we’ve started hosting these large grocery events to help give more people access to food. This event is basically a build-your-own-food-bag type of activity. We provide the bags and then allow each person to decide the items from each table they’d like to take. This way we’re making sure people take the foods they love and want.

And at this Community Grocery Giveaway we added personal care items like soap, shampoo, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, and hand soap.

In the 2 hours of the event we gave food to over 245 people!

Our guests so were happy and thankful for the grocery assistance. We want to thank all the individuals, families, groups, churches, and schools who’ve been donating food to our pantry. Your donations make a huge difference each and every day but they were especially beneficial at our giveaway. Your generosity not only provided important food assistance to so many people but it also provided hope and made a lot of people very happy!

An event like this couldn’t be so successful without the help and support of so many of our staff and volunteers. We want to thank everyone who helped in one way or another to make this event happen. There’s a lot of work that went into this event including moving boxes upon boxes of food. Thank you to everyone who served our community during this giveaway! We are so thankful and proud to have such wonderful staff and volunteers!!!

We’re planning on hosting another Community Grocery Giveaway in the spring. But until then, if you are in need of grocery assistance please call our office at 301.739.1165 to reserve a food bag for pickup. We will continue to offer bags of groceries each month so please do not hesitate to get a bag of food for yourself or family. Also, if you’re in need of hot meals and friendly company then please join us each day for our community meals. For more info on our daily meals please call 301.739.1165. And remember, we serve meals every day of the year including holidays and inclement weather.

If you’d like to donate food or learn more about our community food programs please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Support our Kitchen Expansion Project!

To learn about our expansion project and all things happening at The Hope Center please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Our renovation & expansion project is moving right along! Thanks to some great weather this fall, and a great construction team, we are currently on schedule. The project will hopefully be completed by March 2021.

Once completed the expansion will give our kitchen staff & volunteers a bigger, more efficient kitchen to prepare and serve meals. It will also increase the seating capacity of our dining room allowing us to safely feed more people. And it will triple the size of our pantry allowing us more space to store food for our daily meals and our food bag program for the community.

We are currently raising support to repay the construction loans for this project. To learn more about our construction project and to donate please visit Online Giving | hagerstownhopecenter

Give Hope… and Pancakes!

It’s a new month so we have a new Pantry Item of the Month!

This January we’re asking for donations of pancake mix & syrup. We’ll gladly accept any brand, flavor, or size – including bulk size – of mix & syrup.

During these cold winter months a delicious pancake breakfast for our residents & guests is always welcomed! And we’ll share these items with our neighbors in need when they come for food bags this winter season.

To donate in person please drop off items to our Administrative Office (parking lot located at 215 W. Church St) during business hours M-F from 8:15am – 4pm (office is closed 11:30am – 12:15pm for lunch). If those hours don’t work for you then please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to schedule a time that suits.

If you’re shopping from your favorite online retailer please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 as our delivery address. And remember, when you shop at Amazon use AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) and select ‘The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission’ as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate a portion of your order to our organization!

To learn more about our food services or to get more info about all the programs and services at The Hope Center please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Thank you for caring & sharing with your community! We truly appreciate every donation from our generous supporters!

Construction Continues at The Hope Center!

Things are moving right along with the expansion of our food services area. Crews have been working hard and taking advantage of the wonderful weather we’ve been blessed with.

On Friday the construction team poured the concrete for half of our expanded kitchen floor and for the lower level pantry expansion. Today the crew was back framing up the wood floorboards for the pantry ceiling/kitchen floor of the expansion project.

We are so thrilled with how quickly this much needed project is moving along! When you come through downtown Hagerstown on Franklin Street take a quick look at the project that’s easily visible looking up Prospect St. Or when you stop by for a shopping trip at our Thrift Store or drop off your gently used items take a moment to sneak a peek at the progress!

Follow us on Facebook to get the most up-to-date pics of the project and stay informed about the progress.

If you’re unaware of our expansion and renovation project then head to hagerstownhopecenter.com to learn more. At the bottom of our home page you’ll see a box with info and pics about this construction project.