Focus: HOPE Unveils Revamped Westside Food Center with Grand Reopening Celebration

Photo Courtesy of Focus: HOPE

On Wednesday, June 5, 2024, the much-anticipated grand reopening of the newly remodeled Westside Food Center at 1300 Oakman Blvd took place, marking a significant milestone for Focus: HOPE. Following a period of offering drive-through services necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the center joyfully reopens its doors to senior shoppers, warmly embracing them as they return to personally select their monthly supplemental commodities.

The event kicked off with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a series of in-store activities meticulously designed to re-engage with our dedicated food participants, volunteers, and valued community partners. Furthermore, the event showcased the newly remodeled space to the local community and our honored senior participants, offering them an exclusive first look at the revitalized environment.

Attendees at the event were invited to take a guided tour of the recently renovated center, giving them an up-close look at all the exciting changes. The food center was open for business during the celebration, allowing participants to explore the selection of goods and products available for purchase.

Photo Courtesy of Focus: HOPE

The food center will serve as a multifaceted resource hub for seniors, providing a wide range of services to enhance their well-being. These offerings will include financial literacy support in collaboration with PNC Bank, access to health units for medical check-ups and consultations, and additional services to cater to their needs.

“It’s thrilling to provide not just food but also essential resources to our seniors. We will keep expanding these additional services to ensure our seniors receive quality support,” Portia Roberson, CEO of Focus: HOPE, said.

Through close collaboration with federal and state agencies and a network of over 250 community partners, Focus: HOPE works tirelessly to distribute food boxes monthly. This initiative is designed to support more than 42,000 older adults in need.

“Our community’s patience and support during the partial closure have been invaluable. This celebration is not only about reopening our newly renovated center, but about giving seniors the opportunity to shop in-person again. We are so grateful to be able to continue our mission and serving those in need in our community,” Roberson said.

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