As many families were busy preparing for the holidays, 34 year old Anntionette was trying to find some extra help for her family of seven after a fire destroyed their belongings and left them staying with relatives.
“My parents and grandmother help with the kids while I’m at work,” said Anntionette. “The kids eat a lot!”
Anntionette was already struggling to make ends meet on her income as a home health care worker. She has been going to the Food Bank partner agency Ray of Hope to help feed her growing children, but the fire has added extra expenses to her already thin-stretched budget. Not having to worry about food for her kids is a big relief.
“I really appreciate this program. It’s a blessing for me and my kids!” Anntionette said.
Thanks to your generous donations, the Food Bank is able to provide much needed food to families like Anntionette’s. With just $10, we can provide 55 meals to children, families and seniors in our community. Click here to make a donation today.
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.
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Hi, my name is Gina, and I would like to tell you how important the Food Bank has been in my life. It was only five short years ago when I had left a domestic abusive marriage with my two sons. I will never forget when I went to the Housing Authority and was told what my monthly rent would be with assistance. I was working two jobs but knew that it would take every bit of help I could get to make the move work. I was scared, but I knew that we could make it on an extremely tight budget because for years we had been surviving on very little.
The first day in our new apartment brought such peace, and the Food Bank played a huge part in this sense of relief that we were experiencing. I took my boys and drove to the Food Bank, and we were offered assistance with a smile on the face of each person that we encountered. We only had to use the program once, but I knew that if we ever needed help again, they would be there for us. We were blessed by the goodness of family and friends many times but this was such an important day to receive the kindness of wonderful people whom we had never met.
The program made such an impact on our family that I volunteer at the Food Bank whenever possible. At Christmas, I brought my youngest son with me to help sort food, and I found out that the kindness received also made an impact on him. The moment we pulled up he remarked how he remembered coming to the warehouse and getting food to bring to the apartment.
The Food Bank has many programs that also assist our area seniors and children. I want to ask anyone who is reading this to understand how important it is to do all you can do to help. You can volunteer as an individual, family and organization or you can donate any amount of money or food items. All of these things will help the Food Bank help people who are in need. Please consider helping the Food Bank because you never know when you or someone you know may need them and I can guarantee that they will be there with a smile on their face.