The new partnership between Primo Center and Nourishing Hope, which began in September, is part of the Pantry’s growing online market program. It’s one example of how the Pantry is trying to serve more people in need who might not be able to — or who might not want to — access a traditional food pantry.
“We’re trying to meet people where they’re at, with as much choice and dignity as possible,” said Jennie Hull, the Pantry’s chief program officer.
Throughout the pandemic, Nourishing Hope has been fortunate to have Bill Thomas making many tough decisions on the fly. This Friday, Thomas, 65, is retiring after an impressive career spanning more than four decades in the food industry and nonprofit sector, including a 10-year run at Feeding America.
In the Q&A interview, Thomas reflects on his career, a changing food industry and his time at Nourishing Hope during the pandemic.
This holiday season, La Casa Norte’s Fresh Market — a partnership with Nourishing Hope — is serving a growing number of people on Chicago’s West Side.
Though the economy has improved and the pandemic’s impact has slowed, many people are still trying to find their footing in the ongoing crisis. Visits to Nourishing Hope’s food distributions are still up more than 60 percent as compared to pre-pandemic times.
Each person carries a unique story of hardship, grit and perseverance.
When COVID-19 hit, Nicole Alicea was a senior in high school. She’s of the generation that lost out on major moments: football games, senior prom and graduation. Now 19, Alicea believes the pandemic has deeply affected her trajectory. Learn more about Nourishing Hope’s impact on our blog.
While writing this post, I thought about all the families that come through our doors in need of our services; in doing so, I thought about my own family and my family history. What I admire about black history is the importance of family.