A group working to make sure families are fed each month has been dealing with some big setbacks since a fire destroyed its food pantry three months ago.
Now, Quest 4 Greater Success is in a new space. It is also asking for the community’s help to make sure children get weekend food packages, so they won’t go hungry.
Just steps away from where boys and girls are playing at the Assante Apartments in Pleasant Grove, a fence still sits around a burned out building that once housed a food pantry that served the complex and the area. The food pantry was among a variety of services provided by the nonprofit Quest 4 Greater Success.
‘It had a very big impact,” said complex resident Shaniquia Tinnion. She also works as an assistant with the organization. “We are not able to serve the residents on a daily basis now.”
Tinnion knows the needs of the neighborhood well. She says the fire crippled the resources many children and families living in this low economic area depend on.
“Some of the children are not able to eat on a daily basis because their mothers are at work, or some of them just not able to have food on the table to eat," Tinnion said.
That is why the nonprofit has been on a mission for the past 90 days since that fire. Quest 4 Greater Success’s President and CEO, Assata Thomas, and her team are working hard to open this new space on 1111 W. Ledbetter Drive, Suite 200.
All of this week, the group is hosting an Open House and a “Pack the Pantry” event. They are asking for donations to help build weekend food kits for about 50 elementary school kids.
“Most of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch,” Thomas said. “So, a lot of times, that’s the only meal that they get. And once school is out on Friday, we’re not sure that they are getting, still healthy foods.”
Thomas and her team says the goal is to make sure each child goes home on Fridays with a bag containing two breakfasts, two lunches, healthy snacks, and an enrichment activity.
”If a kid is hungry, they can’t focus on school,” Thomas said. “They can’t focus on anything else. They are focused on what goes in my belly.”
The group and its partners are optimistic the Pack the Pantry project can be a success, given all the recent challenges its faced.
“Everything is going to be alright,” Tinnion said.
She said it’s definitely going to take the community’s help to make it happen.
Quest 4 greater Success will be accepting non-perishable food donations, this week, at its new office from 9am to 5pm, 1111 W. Ledbetter Dr., Suite 200. Donors may also contribute through the organization’s Amazon Wishlist.