Let's Remember Our Neighbors this Holiday Season
Fall is a busy time at Friend, Inc.
Each November and December, we distribute a turkey and Holiday dinner box to each of our families enrolled in Food Pantry, donated by schools and churches. We also provide gifts for children of our clients.
Over 300,000 pounds of food was placed, during this past year, on the kitchen tables of families we serve. Every month nearly 600 individuals (and their pets!) benefit from our self-select food pantry as do another 400 university students through our campus pantry. 90 additional people receive support from our Alburtis Mobile Market. Each year over 550 individuals are impacted through direct and referral support for things such as utilities, housing, SNAP and medical assistance. In fact, for over 40 years, Friend, Inc. has been at the very forefront in delivering food and social support services throughout northeastern Berks County.
Why We Need You
People in rural communities face exactly the same issues as people living in urban and suburban areas; hunger, housing, illness, poverty, domestic safety, and access to mental health support. Due to the nature of being ‘rural’, however, these challenges are often less noticeable than they are in denser populations. It’s hard to see. But every day we see it. It takes dedication and expertise to find and fix, of course, but it takes more. That’s why your gift is so critical. Consider giving generously today.
Our Recognition by Agency Peers in 2023
Safe Berks recognized Friend Inc with their 2023 Voices for Change Award for our efforts in developing multi agency collaborations.
CASA Berks (Court Appointed Special Advocate) recognized Friend with their 2023 Champion of Children Award for our work towards eliminating child hunger.
Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce
The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce awarded Friend Inc their 2023 Shining Star Community Leader Award for our work delivering impactful community outcomes.