From the Fall 2022 Local Harvest Newsletter.
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Four years ago, Elgenia and Ronnell were surprised to find out they were pregnant with triplets. Though it was exciting, the couple was unsure how they would afford enough food for their quickly growing family. Thankfully, you were there to help.
“God just provided through Harvesters,” Elgenia says.
Elgenia worked as a medical technologist before her daughters, Faith, Charity and Patience, were born. After maternity leave, she went back to work briefly until it became clear that her entire paycheck was going toward daycare. The cost for three babies was $1,000 a week even with the multi-child discount. She had to put her career on hold to take care of the girls.
Ronnell, Elgenia’s husband, works for a company contracted to drive patients to medical appointments. He shares that it was difficult at first to ask for help, “but I know that Harvesters was there and able to help my family out through times of financial hardship.”
The family, including the girls’ big brother, attends services at Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church, which also has a food pantry in partnership with Harvesters. Elgenia says after the birth of the triplets, the family received food, formula and more necessities from the food pantry.
Today, the triplets all enjoy receiving BackSnack backpacks at Hanthorn Early Education, where the family also picks up groceries at the newly installed food pantry, a partner agency of Harvesters. You’re making healthy food accessible for children and families across northeastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri. Please consider donating here to help families like Elgenia’s.