HOPE Ministries Receives Grant From Danos Gives


By: Samantha Magee

Established in 2003 as a merger of an onsite food pantry and mentoring program, HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge aims to prevent homelessness and promote self-sufficiency and dignity. Serving more than 4,000 individuals annually, the organization has since expanded to include an adult education component that has proven to be fundamental in attaining its mission. Additionally, since 2009 HOPE has been educating people from across the state on the causes of and its influence on the community.

HOPE’s food pantry provides supplemental food assistance to area residents with household incomes below the federal poverty threshold. Clients shop once per month with a volunteer coordinator who helps them evaluate their needs and makes referrals to additional resources. The pantry’s grocery store setup fosters greater dignity by enabling clients to shop for food that meets the needs of their household. Eligible clients are referred into other HOPE programs that help them move toward greater self-sufficiency.

HOPE is one of the 2019 Danos GIVES grant recipients, and the award will provide funding for Holidays for HOPE. Each year HOPE Ministries provides holiday food boxes and toys for clients. Clients are eligible to choose either a Thanksgiving box or a Christmas box. The goal of the project is to provide 200 boxes of holiday food for 200 families, as well as toys, stocking stuffers and gift cards for children. Last year, HOPE’s holiday program served 233 families for Thanksgiving and Christmas and provided Christmas gifts for 384 children.

Samantha Magee

Samantha Magee joined Danos in 2018 as media relations coordinator. She serves as Danos’ point of contact for communications targeting customers and the communities where we live and work. Prior to joining Danos, she worked as a fundraiser at an independent school in Houston, TX, for four years. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.


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