SWEPS began as a non-profit initiative to address hunger in 1975 with the limited mission of providing food to area residents experiencing a short-term emergency. The First Congregational Church generously donated 300 square feet of operating room and was open for service five days per week for two hours each day. This was not enough, however, to prevent Feeding America from declaring in 2014 that efforts to feed Wood County's hungry were not meeting demand.
Our partnership with Feeding America, a national food bank network, enables us to utilize their food acquisition resources. Through their Direct Connect Program we collect items from partners like Wal- Mart, Aldi's, Copps, and Kwik Trip that, while still useful, may have otherwise been discarded. The Direct Connect Program serves to supply pantry shelves while eliminating unnecessary waste in the food supply chain. In 2016, 360,000 pounds of donated food was collected through our Direct Connect partners; food that might otherwise have been wasted was put to positive, healthy use!
Move: November, 2015
The move in to a larger facility resulted in an enormous increase in outreach to those experiencing food insecurity in our area. In 2016 there were consistent monthly increases of 200% - or greater - over the previous year both for individuals and families served. We now provide clients with a seven day supply of food.
Serving our community
We have initiated cooperative efforts with other community groups to increase our outreach while making our efforts more efficient. We have expanded our ability to keep stored food properly but have already maximized our capacity. Now open for clients 19 hours each week, we continue with plans and alterations to better serve a growing need in our community.
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