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Restaurants in Georgetown are rallying together to support a local food bank’s efforts to feed hundreds of the community’s needy.
Helping Hands of Georgetown, a local nonprofit dedicated to combating food insecurity in the community, does a variety of things to help those in need. Each day, they serve over 120-180 brown bag meals, and give out over two dozen pantry bags full of groceries. On Sundays, they serve Sunday Dinner with Friends.
“A meal is sometimes all someone needs to get through to the next day or even the next hour, to know they can make it.” Rebecca Huggins, Executive Director of Helping Hands of Georgetown, told Hello Georgetown. ” We are so honored to be able to serve our community in this way. We are so proud to be a hand up, never just a hand out, to our friends looking to improve their lives and it all starts with a meal.”
Putting out that many meals is no small effort, and it takes an army of volunteers to make it happen. In 2017, Helping Hands of Georgetown got a much needed boost to their army of volunteers when several restaurants stepped up and volunteered to donate meals.
“We were so excited to see some added community support and since we have always been so involved with local businesses it was almost two sides of my world were coming together,” Huggins said. “It was so wonderful!”
Today, local restaurants are still working with the organization to feed the hungry in the community and collectively donate 1,000 sandwiches a month. The restaurants include:
- Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center
- Hat Creek Burger Company
- CJ’s Catering
- Thundercloud Subs
“We are truly grateful to our restaurants,” Huggins said. “As a former restaurant owner I know what it means to run and manage a restaurant and I know how hard it must be for them during this pandemic. So, for those that have continued to support us without question or hesitation during this time, their efforts have literally been a saving grace for some of our friends.”
Helping Hands of Georgetown hopes to add even more restaurants to their list, especially since COVID-19 restrictions have changed how brown bags and meals can be put together.
“Recently, the county health department let us know that we can no longer accept any homemade goods, so the volunteer made sandwiches that we had been taking in had to be replaced quickly with goods that we are now purchasing,” Huggins said. “So, adding in more restaurants would be a financial relief for sure, but it would also give us the opportunity to show how this community really gives back and supports each other.”
The organization has a goal of 2,400 sandwiches a month – or 600 sandwiches a week. Right now, they are just under halfway towards that goal.