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     GPS-aided routes with the latest existing
     and new client lists, they bring the food
     lifeline to doorstep destinations. It’s just like
     Uber Eats, but it means so much more.
        Help and Hope Missions Inc. was
     started by the Greater Millville Ministerial
     Association in 1993 as a community-wide
     ecumenical organization committed to pro-
     grams in Millville and surrounding areas
     to meet basic human needs. It now provide
     food to those who meet the federal financial
     guidelines and have the need.
        “We have a lot of individual contact with
     people as they struggle in their lives,” Brett
     said. “And we try to do our best by every
     one of them.”
        The group is supported by many of the
     churches in the community, both financially
     and with food donations. Other help comes
     in the form of food and cash donations from
     community members who wish to make a
     difference and grants from the Cumberland
     County Board of Commissioners Human   Walt Pettit carts the bags to vehicles for deliv-
     Services Advisory Council, the Emergency   ery. TOP: George Brett in interview mode.
     Food and Shelter Program, a City of
     Millville Community Development Block   said Brett, “We need to keep careful records
     Grant, and ShopRite Partners in Caring.  and these dedicated workers do it consis-
        Main Street Market, the Community   tently.
     Food Bank of New Jersey-South Jersey   “Almost nobody calls in sick here,” he
     Food Pantry, and Mt. Pleasant United   added.
     Methodist Church are essential and gener-  The rooms at Help and Hope are spa-
     ous partners.                        cious, but busy and crowded. Drivers has-
        The food pantry delivers a large order   ten back and forth while workers pack bags
     every month, some paid for by grants and   of food. Some rooms are just full of cans
     donations. Help and Hope depends on Lou   stacked 12 cases high.
     Fisher’s Main Street Market in Millville in   Donated refrigerators and even a com-
     the same way.                        mercial freezer are used.               Immediate
        In 2021, Help and Hope provided     When they’re available, Help and Hope
     food to more than 8,000 families, which   sends out treats for kids, eggs, meat prod-  Openings!
     included 20,000 adults and children. Just in   ucts such as ground beef or chicken, eggs,
     January this year, it delivered food to 1,700   and fresh produce. The crew even provides
     people.                              diapers for those who can prove the need   UP TO
        The large and growing volunteer staff   with a child’s birth certificate. Altogether,
     includes men and women, young and older.   each household gets three or four days
     Brett is 79. Sam Herdman, 73, is the organi-  worth of meals every week.
     zation’s “landlord”—he operates West Side   To its credit, Help and Hope was some-
     United Methodist Church where the food   how able to scale up its food delivery by 100
     bank is housed. Bagger Pat Pacitto is 93 and   percent since before the pandemic.  $500
     quick with a joke.                     Brett seems like the force behind it. And,
        “I like to be busy and I like to help peo-  apparently, there’s a force behind him.
     ple,” Pacitto said.                    “My wife Judi knows I have to do it, do
        Help and Hope maintains a whirlwind   “I can’t stay home and watch TV; this is a  sign-onsign-on BONUS
                                          something I think is worthwhile, “ he said.
     back office where Pam McNamee, Janyce
     Fenton, Shaun Connors, and other volun-  significant part of my whole life.” n
     teers and part-time staff keep the books,                                                 Now Hiring for
     track the grants and donations; schedule the   April is National Volunteer Month. To
     deliveries, and keep client lists up to date.  get involved, readers may call 856-293-4357   Residential Programs
        “People get jobs and don’t need us at   for Help and Hope, or e-mail info@helpand-
     present; people move; new people qualify,”   hopemillville.com.
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