Dear Supporter of Toco Hills Community Alliance,
We started the month with a “DoughNation” Day with our new friends at Donato’s Pizza in Toco Hills. They pledged 10% of their proceeds for the day to support us in our Hunger Walk efforts. You all turned out and picked up, had delivered, and came to eat their pizza and subs. Their owner, Drew, came by just this week to hand-deliver the check and to personally express their support.
We continued the month at the ShredFest community paper shredding event sponsored by Marshall Berch Realtors. We asked those who came to donate to our Hunger Walk fund and raised $2,000 that day! Special huge thanks to Joan Kaplan for helping to coordinate this wonderful community event.
For all of the information, go to http://engage.acfb.org/goto/TeamTHCA to give to Team THCA.
In addition to all of the strong support shown for our Hunger Walk efforts, THCA has been chosen to receive a $5,000 donation from Whole Foods in recognition of, and to support, the good work we are doing. We regularly receive food donations from them and are
pleased to meet with their managers and thank them in person. And it is not just about money – or even food – just this month, our friends from Oak Grove United Methodist Church held a diaper drive to replenish our stock of diapers. And, every month, our friends at Intown Community Church donate toilet paper so every family can receive it with their box of groceries each week.
Truly, we have a powerful community supporting us as we strive to not just provide goods, but offer hope and hospitality, care and compassion. Your help is what enables us to ensure refugees fleeing unimaginable horrors are greeted warmly, those that sleep outside have warm clothing, families have enough healthy food so all can lead active lives, our neighborhood is positively impacted. This March here at THCA may be mad, it may be wild like a lion, but in the best possible ways. With the fierce support of our community, we are all champions!
Rev. Dr. Lisa Heilig, Executive Director
Many of you reached out recently when it was announced that SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – what used to be known as “food stamps”) benefits were being cut. Thank you all for being so concerned about our neighbors. The SNAP benefits that were cut were a result of states increasing monthly benefit amounts to fight food insecurity during the COVID crisis, then returning it to the amount it was previous to the pandemic. In Georgia, these enhanced SNAP benefits were actually cut last June in 2022. Guess when we began to see a huge increase in the number of people coming for services at THCA? Yes, June, 2002! The fact is SNAP benefits have a positive effect not just for individuals and families who receive the benefits based on their low income status, but also for the entire community.
If you want to donate or coordinate a drive, here are the most needed items. We are in URGENT NEED of diapers sizes 4,5,6, & 7 and baby wipes.
The foods we are most in need of are:
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Vegetables
- Shelf Stable Milk – Dairy or Non-Dairy
- “Pop-Top” Cans of Soup/Stew/Chili/Pasta
(PLEASE NO GLASS JARS)
We very much need clean used cloth and plastic shopping bags.
We can also use cleaning/office supplies, such as:
- Packing tape
- Non-Latex Gloves (XLarge only)
Someone is available to take donations at Toco Hills Community Alliance
building on Monday through Friday from 9am until noon. Drive up under the
white tent and our volunteers will retrieve the items from your car.