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THE FOOD CUPBOARD: HOW FAR WE HAVE COME!

Updated: Apr 2


On September 6, 2016, The Cornerstone Food Cupboard opened for the first time.

That first day we provided food assistance to 27 families/households which represented

74 individuals. We grew slowly at first, and by the end of December 2016, our numbers

had grown to 46 families representing 130 individuals. I don’t think any of us anticipated

the growth we have experienced at the Cupboard over these seven years.

In 2020 our numbers peaked at 595 families representing 1,596 individuals. Then the

coronavirus pandemic hit, and our numbers began to decline as many people began to

avoid coming to public places. By 2021 we had 486 families registered, and they

represented 1,313 individuals.


In 2023 so far, the number of families/households registered to receive food assistance

is 690. We project that our numbers will continue to increase in response to our difficult

economic times and currently have been adding 30-35 new families each month.


The increase in the amount food we have distributed over these seven years is also

impressive. Using the federal formula for determining the equivalent number of meals

food pantry distributions represent, we went from 66,000 meal equivalents in 2017 (our

first full year) to 243,126 meal equivalents in 2022. In the first eight months of 2023, we

have already distributed 189,515 meal equivalents and expect to exceed last year’s

number of meal equivalents by the end of the year.


We are very proud of what we have accomplished in our first seven years. With the

ongoing support of our many donors and our over 50 Cupboard volunteers, we hope to

continue providing food assistance to so many of our neighbors for years to come.


Lee Hay

Food Cupboard Director

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