Elizabeth (not her real name) is an occasional visitor to our food pantry. When we asked her to share her story, she shared the following.
"I have lupus and am disabled and cannot work. My son also lives with me, so both of us survive on a fixed income. We do get food stamps, but they only go so far. We try only to use the food pantry when we need it, but with the rising cost of food that has been every month lately. I don't know what we would have done without Caring Hands."
With food costs increasing, once occasional visitors are becoming frequent visitors. Many in our community don't have to change their shopping habits when prices rise. Others have to decide between putting gas in their car and buying groceries. That's where we come in - without judgment.
"They are always so kind to us. They are truly a blessing in our lives," says Elizabeth. "Caring Hands helps so much with our food. And they are so kind and welcoming."
If you do not have to change your shopping habits when prices rise, would you consider purchasing food for others? You can put items in specially marked barrels at Fareway in Pleasant Hill. In Altoona, barrels are located at Fareway, Hy-Vee, and the Altoona Public Library. Click here for a list of our most popular items. Your financial gifts make an impact in the lives of neighbors like Elizabeth.
It is our pleasure to serve Elizabeth and all of our visitors. As a Christ-centered ministry, we desire to follow Jesus' example of treating others with dignity and meeting their needs.
We hope everyone feels like Elizabeth when they visit. "It truly doesn't matter who you are or where you come from. They are super welcoming."