Manassas, Virginia – House of Mercy held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 21, 2020 to initiate their new commercial refrigerator for the food pantry. They had planned to install one after some small construction to open the food pantry and create additional vertical space but didn’t think it would happen for another year. However, an 800% client need increase because of COVID-19 pushed up the timetable. Thankfully, during the height of the quarantine, the community came together to support the food pantry and House of Mercy was able to stay open to serve every individual and family who came to their door. New resources became available as farms and restaurants struggled, so they began to receive larger donations of fresh food including produce, meat and dairy. Their five residential size refrigerators were not enough.
The Knights of Columbus (Our Lady of the Rosary Council #12982) stepped in. They began by asking how much it would cost to purchase and install the commercial refrigerator we needed. After some time finding estimates, they had a goal of $15,000 all inclusive. The Knights were able to pull together and donate a majority of the cost with their largest donation to any organization at $11,500. After that, they also donated their time to help re-arrange the food pantry to prepare for the refrigerator delivery and then they came back to build the refrigerator (saving House of Mercy some costs of installation). With the extra contributions from The Junkluggers of Gainesville, Kiwanis and Fire Protection Solutions, LLC, the refrigerator was finally operational in mid-September.
House of Mercy would like to sincerely thank all involved in this important endeavor! The next priority is to help Fill the Fridge! House of Mercy accepts any unexpired food from Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fresh food (especially meat & dairy) is always appreciated! If you are interested in holding a food drive, please contact Sophia Crooks at email@example.com.
ABOUT HOUSE OF MERCY
House of Mercy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to provide food, clothing, education and prayer to those in need in our community. We are work with over 450 families per month through our food pantry and thrift store to help with basic needs.
Jessica Root, Executive Director
House of Mercy
8170 Flannery Court, Manassas, VA 20109\
jroot [at] houseofmercyva.org