It was pay-day. Rochelle, a Minneapolis working mom of a young daughter, went to the grocery store. Though her paycheck was not much, Rochelle has a child to feed. She browsed the fresh foods, choosing items that she hoped would last the month. She spent the better part of her paycheck in order to stock her fridge and cupboards.
Rochelle went to bed that night knowing she was at least able to feed her daughter. But when she woke up the next morning, that sense of comfort quickly vanished.
While she was sleeping, her refrigerator broke. It would need to be replaced, but even more upsetting, the month’s worth of groceries sat in the fridge, much of it too spoiled to be consumed. In almost an instant, the paycheck Rochelle brought home was down the drain. Rochelle’s landlord agreed to replace the fridge, but she was on her own for the food that was inside it.
With a new fridge on the way, Rochelle’s attention went to piecing together how to spread the small remainder of her paycheck to pay necessary bills and duplicating another month’s worth of food for her and her daughter.
Hunger affects one in 10 of us in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. People just like Rochelle, who are doing the best they can to use their resources to feed themselves and their kids.
All month long you’ve heard us talking about how you can join us in raising awareness about the issue of hunger. There’s still time to take action and help families like Rochelle’s.
Here’s what you can still do before Oct. 1!
- Volunteer for the Double Down Challenge, and every hour will be matched by a $5 donation from Bremer Bank, up to $50,000.
- Donate. During Hunger Action Month, all gifts up to $50,000 will be matched by Xcel Energy Foundation and a group of generous donors.
- Raise Awareness. Share Rochelle’s story and learn about ways we can Fill Another Table together!
*A representative photo has been used in order to protect the privacy of our clients.