PRINCE OF PEACE CENTER

SERVING THE SHENANGO VALLEY

AMOUNT DONATED: $3,484.3

As Prince of Peace Center, an affiliate of Catholic Charities consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, our purpose is to provide support for the economic, emotional and spiritual needs of those needing a helping hand to build self-sufficiency. Committed to the sacredness of human life and the betterment of society, we affirm the dignity of those in need by responding with compassion to their basic human needs through advocacy, education, and empowerment. Our services are committed to strengthening families, building community and reducing poverty among people of all races, faiths, ages, and backgrounds.

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Giving Week Progress:

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $20,000

  Programs Supported by Your Donations  

Our goal is to ensure that people who hunger have access to food. Food security is a matter of individual human dignity as well as the foundation for strong families and communities. At present, food storage is an issue at Prince of Peace Center. At times when we are blessed with an abundant food donation, some bread and fresh vegetables can spoil due to a lack of cooler space. This is an unacceptable situation that we seek to remedy with a new cooler. A new walk-in cooler would give us increased storage for butter, milk, cheese, and bread along with other perishable items. We currently do not have a walk-in cooler at Prince of Peace Center. Instead, we have one side by side refrigerator, and three stand-alone coolers of unknown age, two are without vent covers, which is a safety hazard, and all three are not direct wired which also presents a safety issue. The three older units are not energy efficient, By replacing all of these individual units with one larger, up-to-date, walk-in unit, we will be able to store more food and expect our overall energy use will be less

  Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help  

Prior to 2021, our average meals served per day held in the 60-70 meal range. Last year, our average meals served per day rose into the 100-110 range, with individual dinner days sometimes as high as 300 to-go meals given out. Due to a substantial decrese in funding from a separate local source, we have had to reevaluate the sustainability of these numbers, while also recognizing that it is a vital part of our mission to continue feeding the hungry. Part of maintaining a sustainable program at these numbers is making the best possible use of generous food donations, which often come in the form of produce, but can also include meat and dairy - all of which need proper storage to last long enough to be used in our twice-weekly meals.

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