About Project SHARE of Niagara Falls
Project SHARE provides essential support services that improve the lives of Niagara Falls individuals and families in need. As a non-profit charitable organization, Project SHARE has been providing emergency food and support services to residents of Niagara Falls for more than 30 years. Our emergency food service provides food to individuals in Niagara Falls who are living below the poverty line. To end the struggle against poverty and empower those in need, Project SHARE references the social determinants of health to offer 16 additional programs and services that fall within food security, homelessness prevention, healthy living, training and education and seasonal support (Christmas and back to school). The acronym SHARE represents support, housing, awareness, resources and emergency.
Each year, Project SHARE supports more than 3,775 families including more than 6, 750 individuals and distributes close to 1 million pounds of food through our emergency food program. More than half of the families we help access our Christmas program which allows them to have a holiday meal and gifts under the tree for their children. Project SHARE manages three community garden sites, offering more than 160 garden plots that are used by Project SHARE and Niagara Falls families to grow their own produce. In addition to teaching clients new skills and allowing them to grow their own fresh, organic produce, each year, the garden produces more than 3,500 pounds of fresh food that is distributed through our emergency food program. We could not do the work we do without the dedication and support of volunteers. Last year, Project SHARE was supported with 12,184 hours of volunteer services, that’s $220,774 in value at Niagara’s 2019 Living Wage rate of $18.12 per hour.
How your gift will be used
Your gift will be used to reduce local hunger and support families living below the poverty line in Niagara Falls. Our emergency food program is often the soft introduction to our 16 additional programs and services that support the social determinants of health including food security, homelessness prevention, healthy living, training and education and seasonal support. Project SHARE uses donated funds to support the provision of nearly 1 million pounds of food to our community. To accomplish the work of ensuring none of our neighbours go hungry, we maintain more than 5,000 square feet of warehouse space along with warehouse staff who collect, transport, sort and store non-perishable foods. Food room staff and social service workers ensure that our clients are receiving the support they need when and how they need it. By working with established partnerships, we use monetary donations to ensure we are accessing the best pricing to provide each family with nutritious food options, including fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy proteins like milk, canned meat and peanut butter, as well as foods that meet dietary and religious needs of our clients. These items are difficult to collect and rarely offered through in-kind donations.