Ecumenical Hunger Program

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Basic Information

Address: 2411 Pulgas Avenue East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone Number: (650) 323-7781
Fax Number: (650)833-037
Director: Lesia Preston

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Poverty, Income
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: No
Population Served: Low Income Families and Working Families
Ages for Volunteer: 7+ (All children under 16 must have a parent/guardian present)
Hours of Service: 10 am - 5 pm (Must coordinate volunteer schedule with Volunteer Coordinator)
Minimum Hours Required: 1 hour
Days of Service: Monday - Friday and 1 Saturday per Month (Confirm date with Volunteer Coordinator)
Mission Statement:

EHP’s mission is two-fold: to sustain our neighbors through immediate crises and to help them regain stability and independence.

EHP's mission is to assist local families and individuals who are experiencing economic and personal hardship. EHP provides food, clothing, household essentials, support, and advocacy to our neighbors to sustain them through immediate crises and to help them regain stability and independence.

EHP serves working families, seniors, people with limited incomes and those who have both emergency and on-going needs in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and surrounding communities.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) is a special kind of community, a neighborhood of committed individuals and groups. In our neighborhood, people care for one another. We look after each other's welfare. We lift up those who are down. We express confidence in those who are disheartened. We support one another in a host of tangible and intangible ways. We believe in each other and encourage in those around us the self-respect needed to live in dignity. Through the relationships that our neighborhood provides, we can achieve the degree of self-sufficiency and self-worth that we all need to live useful and meaningful lives.

Program History:

EHP has been in the safety net business since it was founded in 1975 by Miriam Nixon Hope and a group from Church Women United who channeled surplus and donated food to neighborhood pantries where it was then distributed to families in need. EHP was incorporated in 1978 as a non-profit organization. Under the direction of Nevida Butler, EHP began providing direct services to families in need in 1981 and it has grown to become the largest direct emergency food provider in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. EHP also began addressing other critical needs in the community, distributing clothing, furniture, and household essentials, and providing case management, referrals and other support to those in need in our service area. However, EHP’s program focus has always been on essential resources for survival, primarily food.Throughout the past 35 years, EHP has remained a community based organization meaning that it has grown and adjusted based upon community needs and trends and has only survived with community support without government funding. Although a well established organization, EHP has held onto its “grass roots” mentality by continuing to provide personal and customized safety net services to each individual and family.

EHP staff, board and volunteers have remained alert and aware of all issues facing local families and for over thirty years, they have strived to remain educated and knowledgeable in order to provide innovative solutions to the age old problems of hunger and poverty.

EHP has consistently worked with local community organizations learning from them, providing assistance to and receiving assistance from them in order to provide the highest quality of services available to our families. Since its inception, EHP has retained the reputation of being a sustainable organization that operates with integrity, honesty, flexibility and accountability.


Community Blockfest - August 8th, 2015 | 1 - 5 pm | 2411 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303