Hastings Family Service (HFS) has been helping the people of Hastings and the surrounding communities meet their basic needs of food, shelter, transportation and clothing since 1970. HFS expanded its space in 2022 which improved our capacity to expand food programs and access for our neighbors in 2023.
Market Food programs snapshot:
*The Market is a choice-model emergency food shelf where neighbors can shop in-person for their food order or receive it through our drive-thru. A change in our food shelf process allowed HFS to increase food appointments available by 65%, reduce language barriers, and improve choice. In August 2023, 68% more households were served in the Market compared to August of last year.
*Market Cart - a mobile produce program for senior living communities expanded from visiting one senior community each month to one per week in 2023.
*Market Express - an express drive thru option providing a smaller food order available twice/month.
*Market on the Move - mobile food shelf programming that distributes food out into the community and is used for food rescue. With our new space, we were able to increase our food rescue by 300%, providing more food to the people we serve while also reducing food waste.
*Meals on Wheels - the number of neighbors receiving meals has grown from 60 to 100, a 40% since this time last year, with the number of meals provided increasing by 25%!
The need is greater than ever. Your gift to Hastings Family Service provides nourishment, warmth, and perhaps most importantly, HOPE. Every ten dollars donated can provide up to 70 lbs of food, so your gifts are stretched to help as many people as possible.
In addition to Market programs, HFS offers financial assistance, services for people experiencing homelessness, Just Friends transportation, free clothing and household items through our Rivertown Treasures thrift store, school supplies and Project Share holiday assistance programs, and a Business Center equipped with computers, a printer and phone that neighbors can use.
Your help is needed and appreciated!