Caldwell House of Hope, located in Columbia, LA has been operating a community food pantry for 16 years. On a hot summer morning in July, we met a wonderful woman named Mary at their pantry distribution. Mary, a 76 year old great-grandmother who was born and raised in Caldwell Parish, has been coming to the food pantry for about two years.
Mary is a widow who lives on a fixed income from her husband’s social security check. She said that now that she is older, it’s really hard to make ends meet with her high medical expenses. “I may spend $200 on my medicines next week”, she told us.
The food she receives from the House of Hope pantry has been a huge help to Mary. She mentioned that she especially likes to receive the canned goods, and uses them to cook meals for herself throughout the month. She also finds fellowship within the walls of House of Hope, and enjoys socializing with others from the community while she is there. When we asked Mary what she would like to say to the people who support the Food Bank, she enthusiastically replied “I’d like to give a big thank you from me and everyone who participates, because it really helps!!”
To help us keep the pantry shelves stocked, you can make a donation online by clicking here.