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.
Last year, the programs at Project SHARE were accessed over 44,000 times, and through the emergency food program close to 1 million pounds of food was distributed. 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 10,700 hours of volunteer services, that’s $193,884 in value at Niagara’s 2019 Living Wage rate of $18.12 per hour.