Category: Blog

‘It runs in the family.’ Feeding the community this Hanukkah season

Community members eat in Deli King of Clark’s dining room in Clark, New Jersey. For Alyssa Lavroff, the Hanukkah season evokes warm memories of food, family and community activism. Serving others? It’s just how she was raised. “I think my grandparents’ own activism in their community is a reflection of their Jewish values and I […]

That’s a wrap: Toy drive brings holiday joy to 620 kids

Angel Carguachi and his daughters, Estefania and Yareli, stand for a photo at the Nourishing Hope Toy Drive.  After moving into a new apartment recently, Martha Gomez worried about not having enough money for Christmas gifts for her grandchildren. Money had already been tight with the inflationary rise in prices for food, gas and just […]

This Thanksgiving, prices are high but gratitude is bountiful

Falon Brownlee and her daughter, Amirah, shop for food at Nourishing Hope’s Sheridan Market. (All photos by Kenneth Johnson for Nourishing Hope.)  On an early November morning at the Sheridan Market, Falon Brownlee found herself thinking of the Powerball lottery. She wasn’t alone — the Powerball had people all over the country daydreaming as potential […]

A pantry veteran reflects on 20 years: ‘The people make the party’

For 20 years, Carrie McCormack has been a kind and steady presence at Nourishing Hope, formerly known as Lakeview Pantry. She recently celebrated her 20th work anniversary — an increasingly rare milestone in today’s job market. Looking back on her tenure, McCormack noted that the people she’s met along the way have made all the […]