Many clients come to Francis House for different servcies. Some come for the support groups, some for socialization, some for the meals we cook - but most every client that participates uses the food pantry.
The food pantry, for some, was the initial draw to Francis House. Once inside receiving their emergency food box - they learned how to access the pantry weekly, even daily and started to participate in services. That was the case for one such client! He was referred for for a food box from another agency and became a participating client. After a few months, he began to help out around the building. He would take out the trash, mop the floors, help clean the kitchen after lunch. He asked if he could help cook the meals. We learned about his past experiences as a dessert chef and a line cook. He began coming in 5 days a week and is now a full time volunteer cook for our facility.
His drug use diminished and he reports no use in over 6 months. He states that he feels like he has purpose again. He makes amazing food to assist us in providing over 6,000 meals each year.
All... because of our food pantry.
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