Almost 24% of the city’s population lives in a food priority area (formerly called food deserts)
That’s about 146,000 Baltimoreans.
Just about a quarter of the city’s residents face challenges accessing affordable food for their families. Research indicates that these families also have challenges securing appropriate and adequate hygiene items as well.
Families Facing Challenges to Accessing Basic Needs
Many of our initiatives focus on Park Heights in Baltimore city. Our goal is to build our capacity and scale our growth to serve all of Baltimore city, however, we’ve started with Park Heights because many residents of community present many of the socioeconomic indicators of gap families. Some of which are below:
Residents in Lower
Median income in
Percentage of families
living in poverty
Our goal is to make these critical resources of food and hygiene items free and more accessible. Our programs leverage existing community resources like food pantries, hygiene banks, community centers, recreation centers and more to remove common barriers to accessing these existing resources.
PoP Pantries make these free resources up to 45% more accessible to community members in need.
We make it easier for families to get what they need, when they need it.
PoP Pantries are placed in highly accessible community hotspots. From community centers, to schools, to even churches, we aim to place pantries in areas that are walkable, open for more than 30 hours a week and non-restrictive and non-invasive.
Partnerships and community support are the crux of our work.
We leverage existing resources, volunteer support and other community assets to serve families in need.
As a 100% volunteer operated organization, we rely on donations of money, non-perishable foods, hygiene items and volunteer time. Currently, 80% of items that we provide to families in need are sourced through donations. Our food donations come from local food pantries and community members. Our hygiene donations come from a hygiene bank in California (Simply the Basics) and community members.
PoP Pantries are built and decorated by volunteers. PoP Pantries are monitored by volunteers called PoP Pantry Captains. Donations from community members are picked up volunteers and pantries are refilled by volunteers as well.