The Closet Works Makes Donations to Local Food Banks
The Closet Works, Inc. of Montgomeryville, PA continues to partner with local organizations to help those most in need. During their last promotional campaign, which ran from early June to mid-August of 2020, the Philadelphia based closet company made a commitment to fighting hunger by donating a portion of the proceeds from their retail sales directly to local food banks. The first donation occurred during the week of August 30th with a second round of donations scheduled for some time in early November as the remainder of the installations are completed. Marketing Manager Sal Graci stated “we are so proud and fortunate to have an owner in David Cutler that is willing to give his time and resources to helping the community in a variety of different ways from clothing to food donations. All of the organizations have been so gracious and we look forward to continuing to work them and find out how we can best help them during these challenging times.”
The first donation went to Manna on Main Street in Lansdale, PA. Manna on Main Street is committed to ending hunger in the North Penn region by providing food, fulfilling social service and education needs, and conducting community outreach. Through a food pantry and soup kitchen, emergency financial aid, counseling and referrals, and educational opportunities, they serve those in need with the hope “that everyone might be fed.” COVID-19 has made a substantial impact in their community and across Montgomery County. Since mid-March 2020, Manna has distributed to-go meals and pre-bagged perishable and non-perishable groceries to anyone visiting Manna needing food. They have also continued their Emergency Financial Assistance program, paying close and specific attention to the housing stability of their clients. Further, in mid-October, they will be welcoming a new cohort to their Common Grounds Food Service Training to Employment Program. While community needs have risen, Manna, buoyed by a generous community, has been able to address these needs and will continue to do so.
“We appreciate both the generosity and the desire of The Closet Works to support the community, especially during this particular time. The need is great, but Manna is able to continue serving and meeting the needs of the North Penn region because of the support of individuals, foundations, businesses—like The Closet Works—and so many others.”
Development Director – Vince Caperelli, Jr.
The second donation went to Keystone Opportunity Center in Souderton, PA. The mission of Keystone Opportunity Center is to help community members in need by offering a comprehensive array of social services that educate, encourage and empower them to become self-sufficient. These services include housing the homeless, feeding the hungry and educating adults. Keystone Opportunity Center operates a food pantry serving nearly 1,000 neighbors across the Souderton Area School District who are dealing with food insecurity. Pantry users qualify for assistance based on their income and are allowed to visit the pantry once per month to receive a 3-day emergency supply, along with donated items from local farms, grocers or individuals.
“We truly vale and appreciate the support of The Closet Works.”
Director of Resource Development Malcolm Friend
Lastly a donation was given to the Hatfield Church of the Brethren Food Cupboard. Hatfield Church of the Brethren Food Cupboard has been sanctioned / regulated for over thirty years by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture through the Share Food Program, the Montco Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN), and as an agent for Philabundance. Currently, they serve about 100 families in the Hatfield community equaling around 375 children, adults, and seniors monthly.
Their “staff’ is made up entirely of volunteers, so all financial gifts are used for the purchase of food products.
“While we are fortunate enough to have some grant monies through the state, they are not enough to cover all our food product needs. Therefore, financial gifts like yours are needed for the continued success of our food cupboard. I was speaking with one of our senior volunteers about your donation. Her response: “That’s fantastic, and just in time to cover our frozen meat purchase for the next month!” As one may glean from her response, meat is one of, if not the most, difficult food product for us to obtain. Our families and staff thank you.”
Director Clay Moyer
“We at The Closet Works are dedicated to supporting our community whenever and however possible in good times and in bad because we are so very grateful for the support that our community has given to us over the last 30 years.”
President David Cutler