Past President Denise Lee interviewed Sept. 2018 exclaimed, "United Way literally breathed life into our organization."
Precious recording: (Recorded 2013) Denise Lee of Nacogdoches HOPE interviewed by Hector Sanchez on SFA TV-2 in the Department of Mass Communication at Stephen F. Austin State University.
The story of HOPE
Nacogdoches Helping Other People Eat - Food Pantry
Established in 1994, HOPE provides supplemental food to Nacogdoches County residents in need. Families and individuals can visit the pantry once a month to obtain food. HOPE serves senior citizens, children, persons with disabilities, veterans, persons living is situational poverty, and others.
Nacogdoches HOPE is now in a new building, which was made possible by a generous, one-time donation. HOPE is a client choice food pantry, which allows individuals to select the food most appropriate for their dietary needs and storage.
In partnership with the East Texas Food Bank, HOPE is enabled to acquire food for a fraction of the retail price. HOPE participates in food-rescue partnerships with local grocers to provide recipients with fresh and healthy food choice options.
Nacogdoches HOPE is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that is supported through donations from the community.
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Board members Denise Lee & Jeff Florentine give an example of food available for clients.
Two new painted picnic tables and a tree bench add needed seating outside thanks to donations from local businesses & many hearts and hands from our community.
Sarah Drake MS, RD, LD SFA State University Clinical Instructor Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics
SFA students Christine Cross & Daisy Lopez help other HOPE volunteers distribute food to clients.
HOPE volunteers (L-R) Yvonne Henry, Sally Uiy, Terry Bounds (Team Leader), and Doris Stokes distribute food to clients as they select the items they need.
Volunteer, John Friedhoff, carries a box of food to a client's car for a client with a small child.
Community coming together to enjoy a meal at Jo's Diner.
Volunteer, Carl Woodrow, is transporting produce from the East Texas Food Bank truck to be distributed.
Dr. Sharon Ninness (center) working with volunteers to prepare for the opening of Jo's Diner.