What do you do when the children you raised come home with their children or just the grandchildren show up at your door? Unfortunately, this is all too common these days. Every week we hear stories of multi-generational families back in one home with only the grandparents’ Social Security as income while everyone looks for jobs. We say – “Come to The Table every week for food.” It doesn’t solve the problem, but it helps to take a bit of the burden off. Yesterday, The Table had an abundance of frozen chicken, eggs, greens, onions, fruit & snacks. I heard from one of our shoppers who is retired and provides dinner to two hungry grandchildren and one of their friends, that the onions and broth made a delicious crock pot onion soup served with donated French bread. Today, the chicken, rice, and beans will make several more dinners – all at no additional cost to our shopper. The other huge plus? Snacks from the Food Bank, mandarin oranges and apples, and Wawa sandwiches. Wendy made a Dr. Yum recipe using potatoes & lentils for tasting – another low cost, nutritious dish.
On Saturday, we packed 104 family meal bags to go out to Fredericksburg families in need thru the school system. These bags contain the makings for a meal to feed four people along with juice boxes and granola snacks for children to take to school for snack time. We are working together with other Micah churches and Stafford Food Security on this program.
One of my volunteers on Tuesday asked me where can people go for food on the weekend? What if you end up in crisis mode on a Saturday with hungry children and no food? I didn’t have an answer, but will ask that question on Monday when we meet with the Micah Food Pantry Forum and again on Wednesday at the Fredericksburg Food Action Forum.
Peace – Linda