Thanksgiving Season Now Brighter for Amy’s Family

amy's family

November 1, 2016 By: Jens Pinther Category: SHH News

Amy was resistant to using a food pantry at first. Even though she had recently lost her job and her husband’s work is only seasonal, Amy avoided asking for help for a while.

“The rent is so expensive,” Amy said, “and pay keeps going down and bills keep going up.”

It got to the point where Amy finally had some utilities turned off in their home. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was what she had to do in order to not ask for help but still have enough.

But as any mother of three would do, Amy eventually knew she had to reach out in order to feed her family. The holidays were quickly approaching, and Amy turned to loved ones for help.

A friend gave her some information about the nearby food pantry shortly before Thanksgiving last year. “They [the food pantry] gave us a whole basket. It was great,” Amy said. “[Without the food pantry,] we would have been here by ourselves with nothing.” Amy said the Thanksgiving basket they received had turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and more.

Amy and her husband are looking ahead to better days when they don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck. For now, they are accepting the help of the food pantry so their children can continue to thrive in school and not be distracted by hunger.

“Thank you,” Amy said. “Definitely we’re grateful. Everyone’s been really nice…they’re just very kind and generous.”

Amy’s story is familiar for one in 10 people in Minnesota. The circumstances may look a little different for every family touched by hunger, but as the Thanksgiving season approaches this year, thousands of people will struggle to put together a meal for their families.

If that food pantry hadn’t been available or accessible for Amy and her family, they wouldn’t have been able to continue the Thanksgiving tradition many Minnesotans share.

But with your support on Give to the Max Day, we can make this Thanksgiving season a little brighter for Minnesota families in need.

In the last three months of the year, Second Harvest Heartland must provide more than 20 million meals. Because of Second Harvest Heartland’s community partnerships, for every $1 donated, we can help provide three meals for people like Amy and her family.

Your gift on Give to the Max Day could even go twice as far with our match opportunity provided by the Mosaic Company Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and individual donors. Your gift of just $25 could provide 150 meals!

Second Harvest Heartland depends on Give to the Max Day each year to help operate one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative hunger relief organizations.

Thank you for supporting families just like Amy’s during a time when family couldn’t be more important. Make Second Harvest Heartland your charity of choice this Nov. 17 on Give to the Max Day.

Better yet, schedule your gift by Nov. 16 and receive an “I Support Second Harvest Heartland” window cling!


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