by Willie Matis
One of the mothers of a school family came to me in tears.
Her husband had lost his job and has been unable to find work. She just took on a minimum wage job to help cover the bills, and she said that she has never asked for any assistance. She couldn’t think of anywhere else to turn.
I helped her with her request for uniforms, and then I asked if she was in need of food. At first she was reluctant, but I quickly explained that utilizing the pantry was like shopping. She agreed. After shopping, she again burst into tears, hugged me tight, and said what a blessing the food pantry items were to her family.
The School-Based Pantry Program has now extended into 50 locations in all 21 counties served by Gleaners. Staff and teachers at the schools share stories very similar to the one above quite often. One thing we notice is that teachers are able to connect more with families in need when they have the resources to provide food.
Thank you to all who have supported Gleaners. Because of you, our School-Based Pantry Program was able to expand, meaning many more students will be able to focus on their studies this school year rather than working to help their families.
#HungerAction Month comes to a close next Tuesday, September 30th; however, there are plenty of ways to stay involved.
1) Vote for Gleaners – http://walmart.com/fighthunger. This will give Gleaners a chance at $60,000 to be put right back into your neighborhoods.
2) TRIPLE YOUR GIFT – http://bankofamerica.com/give. Your $1 will be matched with $2 from Bank of America. Triple your gift and triple your impact today.