Friday, April 11, 2014

Got a few hours? Want to help?

If you have a couple hours or so and would like to make a difference in the life of a needy neighbor. New 2 You Thrift Store could use volunteers Tuesday - Saturday to sort donations, display items, stock shelves and help clients 10:00am - 4:00pm. Cedar Hill Food Pantry is in need of adult help to stock shelves and sack food Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 12:00 noon. The work of running both location is done with volunteer help. We would love to pay what you are worth, but unfortunately there just is not funding available. We receive no city, state or federal funding. We operate totally on donations. The proceeds from New 2 You goes to help purchase food for the 1400 individuals Cedar Hill Food Pantry feeds every month. If you find you could help by becoming a volunteer please call Gene or Andrea at 972-293-2822 for the Food Pantry or Sandy at 872-23-0411 for New 2 You Thrift Store.
You will truly feel blessed when you help others.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Exciting News

Sharing the Bread is on the brink of one of the most exciting events of its existence.  As of April 3, 2014, thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of North Texas, we are the proud owner of four acres of land at 406 S. Clark Road, Cedar Hill, TX. This will be the site of our new home. Plans are in the works to erect a 11,500 square foot building to house both New 2 You Thrift Store and Cedar Hill Food Pantry. We will be unveiling our capital campaign soon to raise the funds to build the building. We are in hopes to start construction in mid 2015.




Cedar Hill Food Pantry first opened its doors in 1989 in the kitchen of the First United Methodist Church serving a hand full of people. We soon outgrew that one room and moved to a much larger location of 1,000 square feet on Kenya Street. As the work of serving the needy of Cedar Hill grew so grew the need of more room for the Pantry. Land was donated in 1999 at 403 Houston St., labor and supplies were donated and in 2000 the doors opened for the current home of Cedar Hill Food Pantry.
At that time we had 3,800 points of contact with clients (each individual visit to the Pantry for food is one point of contact.) In 2013 we had 17,200 points of contact with clients. This is a 450% increase from 2000.


New 2 You Thrift Store opened its doors in 2006 to help support the mission of the Food Pantry. The Thrift Store is a great place for our neighbors to recycle their used clothes, household items and furniture that are sold at very reasonable prices back to the community with the net proceeds coming to the Food Pantry. It is located in a separate facility where we lease space. The single biggest expense for the Thrift Store is facility rental charges. We want to combine Cedar Hill Food Pantry and New 2 You Thrift Store in one owned facility for cost sharing, ease of management and to provide our clients and customers a one stop experience. In addition a large portion of the revenues from the Thrift Store would then be available to support the Food Pantry since we would no longer be paying rent.



Friday, March 21, 2014

Come Look Us Over

 When was the last time you visited New2You Thrift Store? If it has been over a week you need to stop by and see all the new things Sandy and her crew have on display. "Spring Has Sprung"  All the winter things are sold, packed away for another season or on sale.



The New2You Thrift Store takes donations of clothes, household items, small appliances, electronics and furniture and then sells those items at greatly discounted prices with the net proceeds going to help the Cedar Hill Food Pantry feed those in need in Cedar Hill. Now that is recycling! The thrift store is working on its 8th year of operation under the skillful guidance of Manager Sandy Eddy.


We are always in need of volunteers at the Thrift Store to sort clothes, price items, stock shelves and racks and to help at the cashier desk along with assorted other duties. Our hours are 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday. If you have a few hours to volunteer contact Sandy at 972-293-0411. also, don't forget to drop off your used items during normal business hours. You won't believe what a great store we have and how much fun we have benefiting our neighbors in need. The store is located at 320 S. Clark Road. Come take a look.

Monday, March 3, 2014

WEATHER ALERT

The Cedar Hill Food Pantry goes with the decision of the Cedar Hill ISD. If CHISD is CLOSED Sharing the Bread Cedar Hill Food Pantry is CLOSED. If you have a question call 972-298-2822 before coming to donate, receive services or volunteer.
Thank You

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dallas Morning News Charities awards Pantry $25,274.33

We are so excited to be among the twenty five agencies receiving funds from the Dallas Morning News Charities. They just  finishes the 2013 campaign with more than 1,800 donors raising $1.68 million. Our portion amounts to $25,274.33.

Thanks to 1,837 donors, the latest Dallas Morning News Charities campaign was one of the best in history. Please reed the entire story at the following link.

dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140207-dmn-charities-finishes-campaign-with-more-than-1800-donors-raising-1.68-million.ece

"I am still reeling from the news." said Executive Director Gene Sims. This will provide much needed help toward meeting our rising demand for food. Our number of individuals meals given out went up in the past year and don't seem to be slowing down. We are busting at the seams trying to keep food stocked to meet our needs."

God is moving in fantastic ways. We have been blessed with a land acquisition grant of $100,000 through the Community Foundation of  North Texas that will cover most of the land under contract.
for our new, much needed facility. Now we receive the $25,274 from Dallas Morning News Charities to help cover food. We will soon be starting a Capital Campaign to cover the cost of the building.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

It's Souper Bowl Time !

I bet you thought Sun. Feb.2 was special just because they are playing the most coveted football game of the year. There is another important event happening that day. Souper Bowl of Caring is a national day to donate food to local food banks and food pantries. Churches and other organizations ask party goers to bring canned goods to be put in their favorite team's box to see who can get the most food donated. Several churches in Cedar Hill are participating that day. Kroger Food Store, Cedar Hill, has put together bags of food their customers can purchase at the register as they check out. All the food from these bags go directly to Cedar Hill Food Pantry to help feed the needy of Cedar Hill. Other grocery stores, as well as most Kroger stores, make and sale the bags. Their food goes to the North Texas Food Bank, which is great, they need the food and we can get  it with shared maintenance monies. I just feel the citizens in Cedar Hill would rather see their donation stay in their home town. Thank you store manager Mark Robinson and the local general manager that made the decision to support Cedar Hill Food Pantry.

What is better, you don't have to wait until Feb.2 to purchase your bag. They are on sale now at the Kroger Store, 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.  If you can not purchase a bag you are welcome to made a donation at the check out. Every $1 will allow us to furnish three meals.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Taking a big bite

Big News! Sharing the Bread Cedar Hill Food Pantry is so proud to have been awarded a land acquisition grant of $100,000 through the Community Foundation of North Texas to cover the purchase of a plot of land on Clark Road in Cedar Hill. Hopes are to establish a 12,000-square food building to house both New2You Thrift Store and Cedar Hill Food Pantry. A six-month capital campaign plan should start  by the end of the first quarter to fund the building.  It is estimated the new building will cost about $700,000 to $900,000.
Please click on the link to see article from  Neighborgo.
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/best-southwest/headlines/20140110-cedar-hill-food-pantry-plans-capital-campaign-for-new-facility.ece

2013 In Review



What a year we had in 2013 ! We served a whopping 858 "unique families" made up of 2167 "unique individuals". Unique meaning counted only once. Unlike many agencies, our clients may come in four times a month to receive food for a period of 6 months. When you look at the whole picture we furnished $542.256 worth of food to 2167 individuals during the year. Beside food Cedar Hill Food Pantry is partnered with TXU Energy Aid that helped 361 families with $107,633.48 toward their electric bill. All this is accomplished without funding from City, State or Federal sources.

Even though the number of families needing food assistance has grown, Cedar Hill and the surrounding community continue to meet the demand. Again this year Thanksgiving meals including the turkey and trimmings were provided by Trinity Church and School. First Baptist Church provided the "fixings" for the Christmas meals. The Pantry was able to purchase hams to accompany the Christmas meal. We have close working relationship with local businesses that provide products. Krogers, Target and WalMart have been donation baked goods and slightly damaged items daily for several years. recently, sprouts makes a daily donation of vegetables, fruits, bread and some meat products. You would have to be present to witness how much our clients, whom we call neighbors, appreciate these additional nutritious items.

Through the year the Pantry was blessed with food and monetary donations from our faithful donors. Our fundraisers were in August when we held the "Fashion with Flair" luncheon and style show. On September 19 we participated in the O
ne Day of Giving through the Dallas Morning News. We were added as a charity in the Dallas Morning News Charities to receive portions of their yearly giving program. All of these efforts have sustained the supply of food throughout the year and have helped us meet our rising operational cost. We have been recipient of numerous food drives from schools, organizations, neighborhood homeowner groups, businesses and individuals. We have learned over our 24 years of operations that it truly does tke a village to feed our needy. There is no better village than the citizens that make up the City of Cedar Hill.

When approached for a donation for a non-profit organization, one wants to know who specifically benefits from their donation and what percent of the donation will go toward the cause. Our donors should know that only nine percent of our budget is used for compensation. We have five part-time employees and one contract driver. the rest of the work is done by our 57 volunteers that put in an average of 696 hours every month.