Back when I was in grade school, I looked forward to summer break! No more school, homework and cafeteria lunches! I enjoyed spending time with my family as we relaxed and explored new things. Perhaps you have some similar memories.
For many homeless families, the end of the school year can bring a different reaction. Without the subsidized lunch programs, thier children experience even more hunger than before. In our community of Burbank, these families know that Burbank Temporay Aid Center can help.
Each day, the line for daily sack lunches snakes in front of our facility. Sometimes the line stretches down the block and around the corner. Among those waiting for a lunch are parents, who know that this might be their family's one meal for the day.
Most of the lunches are hearty and made with 'love' by community volunteers. But as the need grows, while school is out of session, BTAC often runs low on lunches. It is only through your generous contributions that BTAC can purchase the food necessary to keep up with the need.
Most people don't think of a sack lunch as being very significant. But to someone who knows it might be thier only meal, it is a feast. And you are part of making it happen.
Thank you for your support.
The news media will tell us that the economy is turning around. But those served by Burbank Temporary Aid Center, have yet to feel it.
Each day, the line for lunches snakes along the sidewalk. Men and women, some parents of young children, depend on Burbank Temporary Aid Center for a sack lunch. Although the lunches are filled with sandwiches, chips, beverages, fruit and a sweet treat, it is often the only meal of the day.
There are times when the donated lunches need some "beefing up". Other times, BTAC runs out of lunches, altogether. So, BTAC's Pantry Manager, Edward, heads off to buy food to supplement the donations. Ten years ago, this never happened. But with the growing need of the past six years, it has become too common place.
When you give to support this program, you are truly touching lives in a meaningful way.
Thank you for your contribution.
Have you ever wondered what you would do for food if you were to become homeless. Like me, you might imagine yourself having to dig through trash cans or panhandle at the freeway entrance for spare change. One day, you might be lucky enough to find enought to fill your stomach. But other days, it could be a very different story.
This is what the homeless face every day. Fortunatly, each day homeless can visit Burbank Temporary Aid Center to pick up a sack lunch. Each day around 10:30 a.m., motorists driving along Burbank Blvd. will notice a line forming in front of Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC). Over the next 30 minutes, the line will grow to stretch around the corner. But by 12:00 Noon, it will be gone.
In addition to the nourishment of the lunch, they have come to appreciate the warm smile and friendly 'hello' from the volunteer distributing the lunches. Some are down-on-thier-luck veterans, others are mothers who are living in their car with thier young children, but all are homeless and would go hungry without this sack lunch.
Most often, the lunches are made by volunteers. But with the growing number of homeless, BTAC often runs short. Rather than send someone away empty-handed, BTAC keeps a supply of lunch items on hand, so lunches can be made very quickly. The most expensive and and difficult item to provide is the sandwich or protein item. Our Pantry Manager watches the sales. When he sees the tuna or chicken salad kits on sale, he buys several because he knows he will need them down the road.
Without your support of this lunch program, when the other lunches were all distributed, homeless would be sent away hungry. But because of you, we can maintain back up stock for those times when we run short of lunches. Thank you for helping BTAC meet this need.
Thank you for your kind and generous support.
Each day at about 10:30 a.m. the line for lunches begins to grow. It snakes along the sidewalk in front of Burbank Tempoary Aid Center, almost to the end of the block.
In the line are many we might consider "typical homeless", the men we see on benches, at intersections,etc. around town. But interspersed in the group are a growing number of women, families and seniors. One man explained that he and his 54 year old mother were homeless. This took me aback, because she and I are the same age. I couldn't begin to imagine what it would feel like to be homeless as I approach my retirement years.
These humble people come everyday to pick up the sack lunch provided by BTAC. Often, it is the only meal of thier day. Thanks to your support, we are able to meet the need, offering substantial sack lunches for the homeless.
We hear their thanks every day, but I want to pass it along to you. Because without you, we couldn't do it.
Each day, Burbank Temporary Aid Center distrbutes sack lunches for the homeless. This past year has been especially challenging, with the growing number of homeless, as well as fewer donations of sack lunches. Often, the sack lunch will be the person's only meal of the day and we try to fill it with healthful and filling items.
Not long ago, the local Salvation Army stopped serving meals for the homeless and referred all of the homeless to our facility. This put a strain on our already limited resources. But I remember the panic in thier eyes and voice, when they arrived at BTAC, worried that they might not be able to get anything to eat. And then the gratitude, knowing they wouldn't go hungry.
As our economy has worsened, the number of those asking for lunches has increased. Many are newly homeless, and are floundering as they try to navigate thier way through the "system." For many, the lunch represents much more than a meal. The caring human contact and kindness offered by our staff and volunteers goes a long way.
Thanks to your donations, we've not had to turn anyone away. BTAC has been able to purchase food to make or supplement sack lunches for almost 400 homeless men, women and families.
Thank you for helping BTAC fight hunger among the homeless.
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