Carpenter’s Place seeks donations

Growing demand at daytime homeless facility leads to shortage of food

Donations of food are desperately needed to keep pace with the increasing number of homeless men and women coming to The Carpenter’s Place for breakfast and lunch.

The Carpenter’s Place has experienced a significant growth in the number of homeless individuals accessing the services they provide. An average of 20 new people are coming in each week, and about 100 meals per day are now being served. Food reserves are nearly depleted and it has become a daily struggle to have adequate supplies to prepare meals.

“Keeping up with this increased need for food is a top priority; people have to eat,” said Cathy Baserma, director of case management at CP. “If folks want to make an immediate difference in someone’s life, this is the way. Any help we get from the community will be deeply appreciated.”

Nonperishables like canned tuna, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, and boxed items such as pasta and rice are all needed. Individuals, businesses, churches, clubs and organizations willing to donate food are asked to bring the items to The Carpenter’s Place, 1149 Railroad Ave., Rockford, IL 61104, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Grocery store gift cards or cash donations designated for the purchase of food items are also welcomed, appreciated, and may be mailed to the same address.

The Carpenter’s Place is a local nonprofit agency that provides a safe daytime facility and wide range of services for homeless men and women. Questions and requests for additional information or agency tours may be directed to Kay Larrick, CP director of agency advancement, at 964-4105, ext. 211.

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