Imagine yourself sitting in a waiting room that you are unfamiliar with while being surrounded by people you don’t know. You feel uncomfortable and out of place. The entire time you are thinking “How did I end up here? Where did it go wrong?”
You hear someone call out to you, relieving you of your negative thoughts. You head back to another room where you go to register. You nervously await any questions that may be asked of you.
Thankfully, you are met with volunteers who only want to help you and guide you through the process. You receive a slip of paper that allows you to pick up food. You are at the Food Bank. You are here to make sure your children do not go hungry this month.
When you pick up your food you’re met with more caring volunteers, each one making time to make you feel valued.
As you are leaving you breathe a sigh of relief. You have food for your family. You also know that you do not want to rely on the food bank but if circumstances do not change you know that the next time you come it will be a little less stressful.
We all know mothers who will do anything for their children; Food Bank mothers are no different. Most will do anything to make sure their children are cared for, they will swallow their pride and come to our office to seek help, they will give up food from their plates to ensure their children have enough, they will do any job or talk to anyone they can to get the help they need.
Many people do not realize the courage it takes for someone to walk through our doors and tell us they cannot feed themselves or their family. It takes a tremendous amount of strength for anyone to admit that they need help. Your support makes certain we are available when someone takes that step.
Your help supports those mothers, those children, and those families. Your donation can and does make a difference. We hope we can count on your support. Together, we can make a difference and bring hope to individuals in our community.