Wednesday, June 28, 2017 This Week's Paper

Make a difference on Aug. 5

// Eloise’s Cooking Pot competes for a new truck in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good contest

Since Eloise’s Cooking Pot was established in 2008, the organization has served local families in need with more than 2.5 million pounds of food. This number has only grown since the organization began offering home delivery service to elderly and disabled clients, according to founder Ahndrea Blue. As a program of the Making a Difference Foundation, Eloise’s Cooking Pot quickly reached its delivery capacity of 500 families, with a waiting list of an additional 100 clients.

The organization suffered a significant setback in early July when its only delivery truck was totaled. Although the truck itself was a much-appreciated donation from a local business, Blue said it has required ongoing repairs and costly maintenance fees. Still, this truck served as the primary mode of transportation to provide fresh produce, meat, dairy, pet food and household products to seniors and homebound clients.

When Blue heard of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good campaign, it almost seemed too good to be true. Over the course of 100 days Toyota is giving away a car a day to nonprofit organizations in need of a new set of wheels. Each day – and for one day only – five worthy nonprofits from around the country go head-to-head in their plea for votes. Voters can log onto Facebook, ‘like’ 100 Cars for Good and vote for their favorite nonprofit each day.

On Aug. 5, Eloise’s Cooking Pot – listed under the Making a Difference Foundation – asks for your vote to help the organization continue serving local families in need.

“It has become very difficult for us to inform people that we just do not have the capacity to accept more families into our delivery program,” Blue said. “But now, we don’t even have the transportation to deliver to the clients we do serve.”

After the nonprofit missed one week of delivery service, many elderly clients were able to make the trek to the food bank, but with their limited mobility, collecting food to take home proved challenging for many seniors.

A local company, Armstrong Roofing, is allowing the food bank to borrow a truck to continue delivering to clients until the contest results are determined. After that, Eloise’s Cooking Pot’s ability to continue meeting the needs of an increasing number of homebound clients remains to be seen. “We desperately need this truck,” Blue said. “It will allow us to enhance our services to people who are elderly or disabled, and the need is critical right now. We are providing 500 families with food through our delivery service. That is a lot of people who will not be getting food if we cannot find transportation.”

Supporters must cast their votes on Aug. 5, and the results will be released the following day. For more information, “like” the Making a Difference Foundation or 100 Cars for Good on Facebook.