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Food and family go hand-in-hand during the holidays. And if it weren’t for your support, families like Judy’s wouldn’t be able to enjoy a special meal – or any meal at all – this holiday season.
Although she’s in her golden years after many years working in a factory, Judy’s helping raise her 5-year-old grandson. She constantly dotes on him and loves spending so much time with the little boy, but she has trouble filling their table on her fixed income — especially during the winter months.
“The bills just go up in the winter,” Judy says. Household bills become a burden when the cold sets in.
Many neighbors struggle with whether to pay high utility bills or buy food at this time of year. But because you choose to give, they have hope.
Judy found out about Metro Lutheran Ministries, a member of Harvesters’ network near her home. She appreciates being able to pick up fresh vegetables, hearty grains and other groceries to provide balanced meals for her grandson.
“It’s the first time I’m not stressed about [food],” Judy says.
She was thrilled to get all the trimmings for her holiday table. Many Harvesters partner agencies give out our special Holiday Boxes — filled with traditional holiday favorites — to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the simple joy of a special family meal. This wouldn’t be possible without you.
We asked Judy if she had a message to share with the people who help stock the pantry shelves at Metro Lutheran, and she was excited to share her gratitude.
“I really do appreciate all you give and the help,” she says. “We really, really are thankful.”
Thanks to you, Harvesters clients like Judy can access the nutrition they need. Please consider giving here.