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Things had been increasingly difficult for Sharon and her teenage daughter, Jada, who has severe autism. First Jada’s dad had a stroke, which meant he lost his income, and she lost his support along with her health insurance. Then Jada turned 18, which meant Sharon and Jada lost their benefits and have to reapply for food assistance.
"I would let my daughter eat, but I wouldn’t [eat],” Sharon says of their toughest times.
Between the stress of her financial challenges and skipping meals, Sharon’s doctor told her she’d soon face serious health consequences. Sharon already has diabetes, hypothyroidism and a vitamin deficiency — she was in dire need of help so she’d be able to continue caring for Jada.
Fortunately, volunteers from Coldwater Pantry, a Harvesters partner near her home in Lee’s Summit, came by to tell her about their food assistance program. She’s now able to visit the pantry to pick up a variety of fresh food for herself and her daughter.
Jada has serious food allergies and her mom says it’s a relief to be able to pick up special food for her. When we met Sharon on a recent visit to Coldwater, she said she was excited to bring home green beans, peas and spinach — some of Jada’s favorites.
Sharon knows the pantry only stays stocked because of support from friends like you.
“Your giving has made a difference in other people’s lives. It’s the best thing in the world!”
Thanks to you, Harvesters clients like Sharon can access the nutrition they need. Please consider giving here.