Last year, Hubbard House provided shelter for more than 1,000 women, children, and men who were victims of domestic violence. When a victim leaves their abuser, there may be no time for packing and planning the escape. Sometimes families come to shelter with nothing but the clothing they are wearing. Hubbard House provides them with food, clothing, linens, toiletry items; whatever is needed until they can provide for themselves.
When entering Hubbard House’s emergency shelter, victims have not only found a safe haven, but also a place that gives them an opportunity to rebuild their life and start fresh.
It is often important for victims to reside in a place similar to a home. To aid the healing process further, it may also be crucial for victims and their children to still be able to sit down and enjoy a family dinner together. Therefore, Hubbard House provides victims with access to a stocked pantry for all their daily meals and snacks. In order to do so, however, Hubbard House relies heavily on the generosity of the community to keep the pantry stocked with both non-perishable and perishable* foods.
At this point in time, Hubbard House is running low on food due to the current economy, resulting in budget cuts and declines in food donations. Thus, food donations from the community are incredibly vital in helping keep the pantry stocked.
On average, Hubbard House has more than 80 women and children staying in shelter. No matter how big or small, any donation makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in organizing a food collection drive, through your place of employment, with your family and friends, or through your civic or church group, to benefit victims of domestic violence and their children, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-354-0076 ext. 301.
Examples of food items needed:
- $50.00 Gift cards for perishable items
- Instant Mashed Potatoes
- Instant Rice
- Dinner Rolls (off the shelf)
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Vegetables
- Cereal/Cereal Bars
- Peanut Butter
- White Sugar
- Instant Tea/Kool-Aid
- Canned meats and fish
- Condiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard)
- Ready-made meals (stew, ravioli, mac-n-cheese)
- Long-life milk (evaporated or dry)
- Any other non-perishable food item
*Perishable foods (milk, eggs, butter, meats and cheeses) do not have a long shelf life; gift cards to various supermarkets are preferred.
If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, Hubbard House can help. Please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119.
ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE
Founded in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 6,000 women, children and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic child care, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.
By Vicky Krook