PRINCE OF PEACE CENTER
SERVING THE SHENANGO VALLEY
AMOUNT DONATED: $38,886
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.
Giving Week Progress:
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $15,000
Programs Supported by Your Donations
Grant funds will be specifically used towards increased food and food supply items needed to accommodate the 23% increase in the demand for soup kitchen meals.
Prince of Peace Center’s Food Program provides supplemental food to over 600 families a year through monthly food distributions including staples such as rice and peanut butter, fruit and vegetables, and occasional holiday treats. This allows for more variety in meal planning in the home, and gives many families in our community a “boost” at the end of the month, when money for essential food is scarce. We also provide emergency food bags to those that come to the Center in crisis, as well as special holiday food distributions.
Our Soup Kitchen provides a free community meal every Monday and Wednesday from 2:00- 4:00 PM. Our doors open to our neighbors, welcoming anyone who wishes to share a delicious meal prepared by groups of volunteer cooks and meal servers. The Center’s Soup Kitchen has served community meals since the program expanded in 1999 and has transitioned to a take-out model during the COVID-19 pandemic. We served over 7,000 soup kitchen meals last year
Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help
Due to shifting to a grab-and-go model for our hot, nutritious soup kitchen meals, we continue to purchase to-go containers, PPE for cooks and serving staff, and cleaning and sanitizing supplies for maintaining the safety of our clients and our employees.
We anticipate continuing to offer to-go meals, as our numbers reflect we are able to feed more families in the area as well as potentially provide them food for “leftovers” on our non-meal days or through the weekend.
Due to the pandemic we were unable to hold out Bowl-a-thon, Mother’s Day flower sale, and other in-person fundraising events.