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St Francis Food Pantries and Shelters support all their pantries according to their individual needs. At HOPE Community Services, the food pantry and soup kitchen service both families and family of choice clients of Mexican descent. In order to make their clientele feel special, they do more than serve food, they create an enthusiastic atmosphere and treat everyone as family!

On May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, the day began by volunteers decorating the Hall where the guests would come and celebrate. The menu was made up of indigenous foods of Mexico for the clients; tamales, flautos, rice and beans. Music set the mood of the celebration for the people to gather. The rule of the house is that no guest will stand in a line for their food. At HOPE Community Services, preserving the dignity of their clients as well as respect of their culture is foremost. Volunteers prepare the plates while other volunteers and sometimes their children, serve the food to their guests.

HOPE Community Services Executive Director Carole Troum made her career as a professional in New York City. After burning out of the corporate hustle, she found her way to a struggling HOPE Community Services five years ago as a temporary consultant. It didn't take her long to fall in love with it; the families, the 300 volunteers on any given week, the sense of community, and the support of the community. St Francis Food Pantries and Shelters has been a willing and participatory partner in helping support the family that is Hope Community in any way their need.

HOPE Community Services treats their clientele as family with a decorated celebration. One of the many volunteers helps decorate the hall.

Guests can come early to visit or for just a respite. HOPE Community Services has full time staff to prepare the food.

Volunteers with a flair for authentic Mexican food are also a great help. As the hall begins to fill...

Volunteers prepare the different course meals. HOPE Community Services has a rule that no one stands in a food line to eat. Volunteers act as waiters and waitresses, serving the guests their dinner.

Young families enjoy some time together over a genuine Mexican meal.
The pride of their heritage is seen as yound boys dress for the occasion and parents capture the moment.
Here is your order of tamales, rice and beans.
Not all of HOPE's clients can make the party so meals are also prepared for families to "take-out".
Working with the local business community, many of the decorations, flowers and deserts are donated.