Thank you so much for your support. We would not be able to serve without people as generous as you. When we began this project 13 years ago, we focused on making lunches for the needy. We ensured that we could give them our very best. Therefore, we avoided giving out anything that could last more than a day. We went from 24 meals to more than 300 per week.
We dove into the food rescue sphere six years ago, and everything changed. We started with one bakery and today work with more than 20 partners, including the Dunkin-Joy in Childhood Foundation, The Rhode Island Foundation, The United Way of Rhode Island, The Patriots Foundation, The Pappitto Foundation, LISC, Citi, Brown University, Starbucks, Chipotle, Longhorn Steakhouse, University of Rhode Island, Twin River Casino, Hans Kissel, Swansea Country Club, etc. This enabled us to start delivering healthy meals to families with children. We increased our coverage to more than 25,000 people per week.
This COVID-19 crisis hit everyone hard, and none of us were ready. It would be a lie to say that we prepared for it. But because of the work we were already doing, it was easy for us to scale up. Since the beginning of March 2020, we have increased our reach to more than 15,000 families. We are now a distributor to more than 40 agencies/churches/organizations that serve communities in need in 5 cities and three countries on two continents.
This number is growing daily. the ELISHA project is delivering HOPE to people in need every day. You are part of that, and we thank you.
George L. Ortiz, Jr.