“There is no worse feeling than hearing your child cry to sleep because they are hungry and you can’t do anything about it.” This is a story told to us by a volunteer, who was once a benefactor, of the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP). REAP was able to help this woman through a difficult period in her life just as they have been assisting so many other families right here in our community for the last 30 years.
REAP serves as a food pantry and provides financial assistance for 60,000 people in the Raytown school district that fall at or below the poverty rate; but what they do is so much more than just a food pantry. Their goal is to create families that are self-sufficient. REAP provides training in the areas of computer literacy, budgeting, and partners with a work express program to assist with interview skills and resumes.
These summer months have proven difficult for the shelves to stayed stocked. Students are out of school and families have relied on the assistance of REAP to help feed their families. Starting this Sunday, Graceway will be taking donations to help re-stock REAP’s pantry. Donation bins will be located in the lobby for food items and toiletries. If you would like to give money, please do so by visiting their website http://raytownreap.org/donate/. Just twenty dollars will be able to feed a family of three for 2 weeks.
A list of suggested items:
- Non-perishable foods such as canned fruit, pasta sauce, canned soup, canned/frozen meat
- Toiletries such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant (no need for toilet paper or laundry detergent at this time)
- Formula and diapers (size 4, 5 and pull-ups)
REAP has truly been a blessing to the city of Raytown. Join us in partnering with them as we help our families right around the corner in our community.
For a complete listing of all suggested items visit our website at visitgraceway.org/reap-food-drive
Beginning Monday September, 13th we’ll be hosting another Instagram takeover. Holly Grimwood, director of REAP, will be taking over Graceway’s Instagram account (@visitgraceway) and we will follow her behind the scenes of the day-to-day operations at REAP.