As the only food bank in west central Wisconsin, Feed My People distributes 150,000+ pounds of food a week and 7.5 million pounds a year to local agencies. We are a cost effective way to provide pantries, community tables, and shelters enough food so thousands of people can be helped each month.
A pair of flip flops
A visit to the streets with Chippewa Valley Street Ministry, one of Feed My People's partner programs, reminded me how our community is making a difference together.
As I talked with a woman staying at Bolton Refuge House who had the strength to leave an abusive partner, another woman came over to the van barefoot. The woman's feet were a size 5; much smaller than any of the shoes that we had that night. As volunteers rummaged through the van to look for a pair that might fit, the woman staying at Bolton reached into her bag. "Here you can have these," she said pulling out a pair of flip flops.
With nothing but a backpack full of belongings, this woman's gracious gift touched my heart. Since winter was quickly approaching, volunteers with Chippewa Valley Street Ministry took down the woman's name so they can bring tennis shoes but for now the flip flops would give her some relief.
I realized the van was filled with a variety of things community members and organizations had contributed to try to meet the basic needs. Each giving of what they could to make a difference together. I felt proud of the food resources in the van, the piece that was contributed by Feed My People and our generous supporters.
With your continued support, we work each day to provide food resources and meet the basic needs of low-income children, families and seniors. Whether you are a volunteer, donor, agency partner or community supporter you are a valued and irreplaceable part of our team.
-Becca Baader, FMP's Communications Specialist