Together We Make A Difference: Vacation Home Renters & The Point B Realty Team Supporting The Island Food Pantry On Martha’s Vineyard

Point B Realty Food Donation Drive For Island Food Pantry Martha's Vineyard

Each Summer, thousands of people rent homes for vacation on the Vineyard. Part of the experience is packing the car full of all your stuff and of course favorite foods that you can’t live without. Then on top of that there are the quick trips to the stores once here.

Inevitably, there is food left over, and most people don’t want to pack it back up and take it with them. Some leave it at the house, but many end up throwing it out.

Food Donations At Point B Realty Office Food Donation Collection Drive Edgartown Martha's Vineyard Island Food Pantry

Knowing this, and knowing that this beautiful Island has a great need for non-perishable items for people and families in need year-round, Point B Realty Owner/Principal Broker Wendy Harman had a great idea. A real win-win for the Island and the Point B rental customers.

Point B Realty Agent Allison Savva & Social Media Manager Guinevere Cramer Gathering the food To Deliver To Island Food Pantry Martha's Vineyard

Homeowners and guests can drop off their leftover, non-perishable food items at the Point B office in Edgartown, when they checkout. There, they would find a large donation chest for their food.

The items are then donated and brought by Point B to The Island Food Pantry on their behalf. The Food Pantry then distributes the food to about 475 families — nearly 1,000 Islanders, including 200 children — who are served by the Pantry program.

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It’s a great and easy opportunity for people to help others in need. Another way to help support the Island we all love.

This week, my Point B colleague Allison Savva and I, bagged up a large donation delivery, and headed off to the Island Food Pantry in Vineyard Haven.

Island Food Pantry Delivery From Point B Rental Customers

The Island Food Pantry

Started in 1981 as an outreach program of the Christ United Methodist Church (the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven on Church Street), the Island Food Pantry is assisted by several other organizations, businesses, individual donors, and all faith communities.

Methodist Church In Vineyard Haven Home To Island Food Pantry Martha's Vineyard

The non-profit Island Food Pantry is a volunteer-supported organization, and is still today, housed at the Stone Church.

Island Food Pantry Coordinator Armen Hanjian

Even the coordinator, Armen Hanjian, is a volunteer. He and about 70 other volunteers help make it all possible. If you’d like to help, Armen says they can always use more helping hands.

Point B Realty Owner/Principal Broker Wendy Harman Helps Deliver Food Donations To Island Food Pantry

Speaking of helping hands, Wendy Harman met me and Armen at the Stone Church, to help unload our customers’ donations.

Island Food Pantry Coordinator Armen Hanjian & Point B's Wendy Harman Donations Into The Food Pantry Martha's Vineyard

The Island Food Pantry is a year-round organization, but is most active October through May. This is the time when more Islanders are out of work, and there are huge heating bills to worry about.

Point B Realty Owner Wendy Harmen & Island Food Pantry Coordinator Armen Hanjian Inside The Island Food Pantry Martha's Vineyard

Every two weeks, people who are eligible for Food Pantry help, receive three bags of groceries from the Pantry. One is filled with basic items, one is filled with seasonal fruits and veggies (which the Island Food Pantry has to purchase weekly), and the third one is filled with miscellaneous items that the recipients can choose.

Inside Food Pantry At The Island Food Pantry Martha's Vineyard

Also included is a $25 gift card to Stop and Shop. The Island Food Pantry also purchases these, which cost about $5,000 a month. Between the cards, and the need to buy fresh fruit and veggies, cash donations are imperative to the organization.

Stocked Shelves At Island Food Pantry Martha's Vineyard

How You Can Help

It’s easy to make a difference. You can donate money, your time, and/or your non-perishable goods. Contact the IFP at (508) 693-4764. Since we first published this story, Armen retired after 21 years of volunteer work at IFP.

Point B Food Donation Drive For Martha's Vineyard Island Food Pantry

You can even bring your donation to Point B Realty and we’ll deliver it for you. The Point B team is honored to have this chance to help our neighbors stay healthy and happy by partnering with our rental customers. So, to the hundreds of rental customers we’ve had this year, who’ve help make this drive such a success — Thank You!

Island Food Pantry Vineyard Haven

We believe in making a difference on Martha’s Vineyard and the community that we live in. We are committed to supporting groups and causes that help Island families on a day-to-day basis, as well as help improve life on the Vineyard. This year, our community fundraising and support has stretched from the Island Food Pantry to the Boys & Girls Club to the Farm Institute and Trustees of Reservations.

Thanks for reading On Point. You can learn about The Island Food Pantry on its website. Don’t forget to “Like” Point B on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Linked In, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube.

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