Springfield charity Victory Mission has released a statement thanking the community for far surpassing their fundraising goal to help collect food for families in need during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Mission has been providing 5,000 meals a week for families, a significant increase from their pre-COVID numbers, and they were seeing a strain on their food pantry.
“The support Victory has received from the 417 community is unlike anything we have ever seen,” Mission Community Engagement Manager Janelle Reed said in a statement. “The partnerships we have built to provide these 5,000 meals each week are vital to our organization. We truly are better together!”
In addition to the donations from members of the community, businesses and organizations stepped up with surprise donations. Performance Foodservice and Breaking Bread Ministries worked to divert bulk food from restaurants who were unable to prepare typical amounts of food for customers. Convoy of Hope, Ozarks Food Harvest, and Crosslines also brought additional supplies.