We love stories. This week at The Table, a young shopper who also attends our Community Dinners had just been to the doctor and was excited to share that since she started coming to The Table and getting fresh vegetables, she has lost 20 pounds and is no longer pre-diabetic. She has been an active participant in our cooking classes and is now sharing what she learned with her neighbors. Whenever I have any doubt about the impact we are making, a story comes along that tells me that we are getting the word out there. Another story: Wawa now offers roasted veggies in sandwiches! Guess they also heard that we were serving roasted veggies to shoppers!
Periodically, we wonder about the impact our Tuesdays have on neighbors of St. George’s with our sometimes long lines of people at odd hours and parking issues. Thursday, we received encouragement & support from a father who brings his young daughters to ballet school across the street. He had been so touched by seeing people coming out with bags of food that he went shopping and came in to the office with arms full of groceries and a gift card to purchase more. A positive reaction instead of a negative one. I love it!
Thanks to a lot of wonderful year-end gifts and recent Walmart grants, we are now fully funded for 2016. The beauty of this is that we can move forward with cooking classes and branch out to encourage more healthy living without worrying about whether we will be able to buy produce on a regular basis this year. God is good – Linda