Elizabeth’s Thanksgiving Plans
Just as many of us are making the drive to spend time with family or getting our own homes ready for guests, tomorrow Elizabeth is heading over to her daughter and granddaughter’s new apartment for Thanksgiving. It’s the first time her daughter will be hosting. Elizabeth is pretty happy about that, since she won’t have to prepare the feast! “I’m gettin’ it, and she’s cookin’ it,” she said with a smile.
Elizabeth’s budget is tight. Many seniors experience difficulty making ends meet with a fixed income after retirement, and in fact, seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population visiting food shelves. Elizabeth’s situation is a common one, but it is tough.
During the holidays, some of our neighbors of all ages struggle to keep important family traditions, especially when they’re centered on food.
On top of the familiar stress of the holidays, Elizabeth’s daughter and granddaughter had just recently moved out, and to help them get good footing in independence, Elizabeth gave away almost all of her food. She said part of why she visited the food shelf for the Thanksgiving distribution is because her cupboards were almost completely empty.
“I gotta fill up my cupboards again,” Elizabeth said. “I made my daughter take all my food with her for my grandbaby.”
The Northeast Minneapolis food shelf was distributing frozen turkeys and bags of other staples of a Thanksgiving meal, like stuffing, green beans and potatoes. And tomorrow, Elizabeth’s family will be able to keep an important tradition. “I would not be able to stay on budget without the food shelf. But I manage with their help,” Elizabeth said. “We have a lot to be thankful for!”
Having access to enough food changes holidays for families like Elizabeth’s. From everyone at Second Harvest Heartland, thank you for helping Fill Another Table for families in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.