Feeding Families, Giving Hope this Holiday Season
Dignity. Hope. Those are values that Kevin Sanders, Basic Needs Supervisor at Sabathani Community Center, sees people needing the most during the holidays. According to Kevin, the families that Sabathani Community Center serves look for holiday meals to help meet those needs.
“Everyone wants to provide a decent holiday meal to their loved ones so they can participate with everyone else,” Kevin said. “It’s crunch time; people panic. Families don’t know how they’re going to make ends meet. Everyone wants dignity—for themselves, their kids and their family. That’s why we’re here. Food gives dignity back to people.”
Sabathani Community Center, located in South Minneapolis, serves approximately 25,000 people a year through its food shelf.
During the holiday season, the community center offers holiday meal boxes to the people they serve. Depending on availability, the holiday box may include a turkey or cooking hen, rolls, canned corn, peas, stuffing, cranberry sauce, instant mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, fresh beans and bread.
The outpouring of gratitude the community center staff and volunteers receive after the holidays is the big pay-off.
“Families we serve drop off thank you cards. They stop in and say they didn’t know how they were going to make it through the holiday. They tell us about the special time they were able to have with family because of our help. We know we’re making a difference,” Kevin said.
Hunger Hurts More During the Holidays
For 1 in 10 people in our region, the risk of hunger is great. The holidays place a unique burden on struggling families who are trying to pay the bills and still have something leftover for celebration and giving.
Second Harvest Heartland is committed to making sure the food shelves, pantries and other partner programs we support, like the Sabathani Community Center, have enough food to help families celebrate the holidays. Last year, we distributed 16.5 million meals during the holiday season to hungry children, families and seniors through our network of agency partner programs. And we need to do it again this year.
With your help, we can make the holidays brighter for families in need. Help provide food for families this holiday season by making a donation here.