Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is hosting a food drive to help The Caring Place replenish its stock of food and goods for the community.
The Caring Place is a nonprofit organization that assists individuals and families with a variety of needs, including food, clothing and social work services, among others.
The organization accepted a growing number of new clients in March as a result of business closures and employees being furloughed due to the pandemic. The Caring Place saw a 30% increase in the number of new individuals seeking help, according to Executive Director Corinne Freeman, all prior to the April 13 tornadoes.
Since March, the nonprofit has given away a whopping 50 tons of food. Freeman said the organization also assisted the Salvation Army with donations and meal distribution after the tornadoes.
Freeman said in addition to sandwiches and meals made by The Caring Place volunteers, the nonprofit has given a number of community donations to “serve those without housing at this time (and given) access to nutritious meals.”
To help replenish the supply, The Caring Place barrels will be placed in front of the Habitat ReStore, located at 300 Grove Ave. S.W. in Cleveland, on Friday and Saturday.
Tammy Johnson, executive director of Habitat of Cleveland, encouraged anyone coming by to bring non-perishable food, laundry detergent and household supplies to donate.
“Preferably the food would provide a meal. For example, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles and a vegetable,” she said, would be an acceptable and appreciated donation.
For those who cannot shop or would rather give monetary assistance, financial donations are accepted at the register of the ReStore. Johnson added that “every dollar” spent at the ReStore “helps build homes for Bradley County families in need.”
The barrels will be open for donations Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Johnson said the ReStore will also be open for a Memorial Day sale as well.
“Our ReStore is being sanitized many times each day. We have over 16,000 square feet to allow for plenty of social distancing,” Johnson said. “Customers are welcome to wear personal protective equipment to their comfort level.”