When you think of the So What Else hunger relief program, you probably picture long lines at a food distribution and crowds of people carrying large boxes filled to the brim with food. But did you know we also serve the community through a robust home delivery program, almost entirely powered by volunteers?
Immediately after we began our hunger relief operation in 2020, we recognized there was a real need to connect clients with disabilities and insufficient transportation to more accessible hunger solutions. Every day, food insecure individuals reached out to us looking for help, but were unable to leave their homes. We didn’t think it fair to deny them access to our free food resources just because they couldn’t drive to a pantry or wait in a line or carry a heavy box. And thus our Home Delivery Program was born!
Today the Home Delivery Program serves over 600 families every single week. Dozens of volunteers work with our hunger relief team to prepare bags filled with all the groceries a family would need. Then, our superb team of volunteer drivers fill their cars with bags and hand deliver them to families across Montgomery County and beyond!
Our program is a lifeline for the families that need it. As one client wrote to us, “We have no transportation, income, or food stamps and were starving before we connected with So What Else’s delivery program. Now we are thankful to have food for ourselves and also help pick up food for others”.
However, as gas prices continue to climb, it’s been harder and harder to find committed volunteers willing to use their personal vehicle to make home deliveries. Every day new families reach out to us in hopes of being added to the list, but without an influx of new volunteers, we’re forced to put them on a waiting list.
If you’re interested in volunteering with the So What Else home delivery program, please reach out to Megan at (240)-705-4345, or Emmanuel at (301)-613-6459.