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Nourishing Communities With Compassion: Helping Hands Food Pantry Feeds a Need in Charlotte

The heart of every community contains groups of like-minded individuals who come together in an effort to lend support that uplifts neighbors.

In Charlotte, the Helping Hands Food Pantry has become that cornerstone of assistance for countless individuals and families facing food insecurity.

At the core of Helping Hands’ operation is a commitment to dignity and respect.

“Some people are hesitant to ask for help,” said Amanda Thompson, executive director of the nonprofit. “We want to make this as comfortable as possible for them.”

Recipients are asked to fill out a form for their basic needs and what they do not want. From there, volunteers and staff work in the back to assemble the food while they choose from baked goods and toiletries in the front.

“We want people to have the respect and love that they deserve,” said Thompson. “I was once in their shoes and know what it’s like to need that extra help to get through. That’s why I’m so passionate.”

Helping Hands Food Pantry has worked for the last 42 years feeding people in the community who might need a little extra help. Helping Hands is supported entirely by donations from people in the community. Many people even make donations as a memorial to their loved ones.

“We go through tons of food every week,” Thompson said. “And we go through all the fresh produce and vegetables to make sure that they are safe for consumption. Anything that gets taken out is brought to a farm and fed to animals, so there’s no waste.”

Donations are the lifeblood of food pantries, so any contribution is appreciated. Donations can be dropped off in person or mailed to Helping Hands, 621 Jefferson St., Charlotte, MI 48813. You can also give on the website at helpinghandsfoodpantry.org/donate.

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