Hazardous driving conditions can result in the loss of income when a person cannot get to work or is needed at home to take care of children because of closed schools. When kids are not in school, all the meals are served at home, increasing the need for food.
To make this difficult situation worse, our food pantry has been closed for the past four days to protect our volunteers and clients from the dangers of driving on icy roads.
Extreme cold weather puts a bigger burden on families that are already food insecure and low income families are at risk of falling into becoming food insecure.
Keeping a home comfortable during this time can result in increased energy bills for heating a home, further stretching a household’s resources.
For some of us in this community, this latest freezing weather system has been inconvenient. For some of us, it has been overwhelming!
When this weather breaks, we look forward to welcoming our clients back to our food pantry and Free Shop so we can continue to fulfill our mission of helping those in need with food, clothing and household items.
Please consider donating blankets, space heaters, hygiene products, soups, and canned tuna or canned chicken. Any monetary donation would be appreciated to purchase food to distribute to the predicted increase in people needing a hand up during this time.