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Where we have been:
- The Food Pantry was started 25 years ago by a few caring individuals in a closet at the First United Methodist Church here in Cedar Hill.
- We moved into our current location at 403 Houston Street 15 years ago.
- Our New 2 You Thrift Store opened 9 years ago giving the community a great place to recycle used clothing, furniture and household items. These items are then sold at very reasonable prices which benefits our neighbors with limited means. The net proceeds then come back to the Food Pantry to support its programs.
- We expanded beyond food:
- We provide assistance with TXU electric bills.
- We are a drop off location for Meals on Wheels in Cedar Hill.
- We offer volunteer opportunities for youth to fulfill school community service requirements, for adults to make a difference in their community and for court ordered community service to be served.
- We provide fuel cards for emergencies and to assist clients getting to job interviews.
- Plans are to do much more!
Where we are today:
- We have outgrown our current Food Pantry building. We initially served 50 families a month when this building opened 15 years ago. We now serve between 150 and 200 families a week. The current space is too small, lacks adequate cooler and freezer space, is in-efficient and does not have ample parking.
- Our New 2 You Thrift Store has been very successful but is in leased space that costs over $5,000 per month.
- Since we are much more than a Food Pantry we have changed our name to Cedar Hill Shares. This better reflects our mission to provide food and other assistance without discrimination to eligible, needy families living in the CHISD boundaries.
- We are planning a new facility on South Clark Road that we will own to house both the Food Pantry and Thrift Store. We will triple the Food Pantry size and slightly enlarge the Thrift store with room to expand in the future. This combined facility will allow us to share costs, be easier to manage and provide a one stop shop for clients. This will also free up what the Thrift Store pays in rent to support and expand Food Pantry services.
- Land for the new facility has been purchased and re-zoned.
- The building has been designed.
- A Capital Campaign has begun to raise the needed funds.
Sponsors of these areas/items will have a plaque recognizing their sponsorship:
- 4 office/interview rooms $15,000 each
- Pantry Shelving $15,000
- Coolers/freezers $40,000
- Pantry waiting area $50,000
- Areas of Thrift Store (furniture, housewares, clothing) $25,000 each
- Break/meeting room $25,000
- Naming Building $500,000
There will be an honor wall in the building where donor’s gifts will be recognized. Sponsorship amounts from above and general donations will count in the recognition levels.
- Diamond $100,000 +
- Gold $50,000 to $99,999
- Silver $25,000 to $49,999
- Bronze $10,000 to $24,999
- Nickel $ 5,000 to $ 9,999
- Friend $ 1,000 to $ 4,999
Estimated New Facility Costs
||( 4 acres)
|| $ 150,000
|Land Improvements and Utilities
|| $ 100,000
||(13,000 sq. feet)
|| $ 1,550,000
|Commercial Coolers and Freezers
|| $ 50,000
|Shelving and Furniture
|| $ 50,000
|| $ 100,000
|| $ 2,000,000