Liz is a full-time student now. She always wanted to go back to school but as a single mom with three young kids, she couldn’t find the resources to support her education. Finally, last year she decided that regardless of how difficult it was, she needed to go back and earn her degree. “We get by somehow — but it’s a constant struggle, particularly during the holidays,” she said. “They’re supposed to be a happy time but I feel sad because I can’t give my children everything they want. They see their friends getting gifts and it hurts that I can’t give them the same. But thanks to the food shelf, I can at least give them a special holiday meal.”
Thanks to your support, families like Liz’s get a turkey and other nutritious food to ensure their holidays are a special time. Your support not only provides nourishment today, but offers hope for a better tomorrow. “I may not have a lot to give my kids, but they love food, so when the food shelf gives us an amazing meal, I know they’re happy,” she said. “I’m confident that times won’t always be this tough and I look forward to finishing school and having the resources to enjoy the season. But even when we have enough, I hope my kids always remember how we struggled. And that when they get older, this memory inspires them to go back to food shelves during the holiday — but this time as volunteers, full of love, compassion, and support for people in need.”
Thanks to you, we’re ensuring more than 845,000 nutritional meals at the holidays for Northland families, children, and seniors in need.
Here’s a sampling of partners like you who feed and provide hope to our NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin neighbors during the holidays:
• Halvor Lines, Inc.
• Ordean Foundation
• Upper Lakes Foods