We have a new sprinkler system at Hunger First! During the installation of this sprinkler system, we moved our homeless folks in Cindy's Corner to a local hotel where they've stayed for the past two weeks. It is wonderful that they've been out of the elements for this period of time, but it has definitely taken a hefty chunk of our finances. Donations, as always, are needed.
As of today (02/08/2021) Cindy's Corner is open again.
Hunger First is a no-questions asked, free store founded in 1996 by Cindy Risk. Cindy was determined to create a nonprofit that helps everybody with no judgment. The name, Hunger First, came from the fact that when people struggle, the thought of hunger is always first. When Cindy passed away in 2014 in a car accident, her son Michael Gillis took over the organization. Hunger First is committed to serving people who have fallen through the cracks or who need help between paychecks.
Our mission at Hunger First is to educate and empower the low income, no income, and homeless. We help provide food and clothing at no cost and with no judgement. We’ve also been known to help people find places to live, as well as manage and pay their bills, and obtain medications and other things they may need on a day to day basis.
We rely on donations whether its monetary or in the form of groceries, clothing, or your time. Hunger First depends on volunteers to serve our clients. We appreciate all our donors and volunteers who are the real heroes.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
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"One of the most giving and NON judgmental people I have ever met."
"They helped me so much! Thank you so much for helping our family!! Couldn't have made it without you all!"
"Thank you for helping my family with Christmas,food, and clothes. You guys are amazing people. I really appreciate everything. Keep up the good work."
"Hunger First is as good as it gets. It still needs food and money and clothes. Come in and take what you need. No questions asked. Need food? Ask and you will receive."
"Beautiful organization that helps everyone & anyone who needs it."
"Honestly, Hunger First has been a blessing to me, and to our community. Michael and his crew are great! I enjoy helping them, as they help me. They really do care, with no judgements, and give selflessly."
"I truly believe in this organization. They are helping those that may be turned away otherwise....no questions asked. Top notch!"