As the years have gone by, doesn't it seem that time passes much more quickly? Yet, I'm still surprised when the summer ends and we begin to think of the holiday season.
As I was walking through our warehouse yesterday, our shelves were bare in several places, but not as bare as in years past. You see, the summer puts a strain on our pantry. Mothers, who have been able to count on the subsidized school lunch programs for their children, now need to cover this at home. Burbank Temporary Aid Center sees a marked increase of need during the summer months. Sometimes, by the end of the year, our food stock is almost depleted. But this year, it wasn't.
Because of friends like you, BTAC was able to keep up with the need for food during the lean summer months. Local grocers made donations, churches collected canned goods, and where we did run short, your donation allowed us to purchase those things we needed.
I hope you feel good, knowing you were able to help us maintain our food supply and keep families from going hungry!
Although our shelves are now a bit bare, we know that as the holidays approach, you and many of our other friends will remember the continuing need and make certain BTAC has the food, (especially the holiday food) necessary to ensure the holidays are filled with warmth, family and wonderful, traditional meals.
Thanks again for your support. It is appreciated and we do not take it for granted.
For me, summer vacation brings back memories of lazy summer days in rural Minnesota. Swimming in the lake, riding bikes along the dirt roads and planting and harvesting from our family's garden. One memory I don't have is of being hungry.
For many children, it is the opposite. During the school year, low-income children benefit from free and reduced lunch programs in the schools. Some schools even have breakfast programs! This takes a huge strain off of families who are struggle to pay rent, insurance, car payments, etc. But when school dismisses for the summer, that changes.
I can't imagine how it feels to worry about feeding my children. And with your donation, you are helping ensure that many parents don't have that worry. Thank you.
Your contribution means a great deal to everyone at BTAC. We appreciate your generousity, as well as your trust in our ability to use it well.
A few days ago, I received an email from a woman who had been spending so much time at the hospital with her young son who was ill, that she had not been able to work. I can't imagine the feeling of having to choose between working to provide for your child and comforting him during his hospital stay.
Her power was about to be turned off, rent was due and there was no food in the cupboards - and her son was coming home from the hospital.
She made an appointment with Burbank Temporary Aid Center's case manager, who was able to help her find resources for the utilities, etc. Those things would take a bit more time. But before she left, her back seat was filled with canned and packaged foods to last almost a month!
Our shelves need to stay full, so we can help families like this one keep food in thier cupboards. But the springtime is always a lean time at our food pantry. In order to keep up with the need, we use funds you have donated to ensure we have enough food on hand.
On behalf of all the people who receive food from BTAC, thank you for your generousity.
The hectic holidays are behind us. Many generous and kind people dropped off groceries to help fill Burbank Temporary Aid Center's (BTAC) shelves. But after January 1st of each year, it takes a while before they think of us, again.
Sadly, the economic challenges faced by so many of our clients don't take a break. They still keep parents away at night, as they wonder how they are going to provide for thier family.
That is why your donation is so important. When the stock on our shelves begins to dwindle, donations like yours help us purchase the items we need the most. Things like tuna fish, peanut butter and dairy products. They may seem like ordinary items in our own pantries, but to a single mother trying to raise a family, it is a treasure.
This year, 2014, BTAC is celebrating 40 years of service in the community. Recently, a local columnist wrote about teh work we are doing. I have included a link to the website.
We sometimes overuse the saying 'it takes a village'. But in BTAC's case, it is very true. You are part of the village that keeps hunger from the doorstep of almost 3,000 households in Burbank. That translates to almost 10,000 people. So our village is really making a difference. We couldn't do it without you.
Thanks so much for your help!
In the months following the Holiday Season, BTAC's donations decrease dramatically. Whether busy with New Years' resolutions, worrying about paying for the holiday gifts, preparing for taxes, etc., people don't think about donating food until a few months into the New Year.
Although we appreciate the slow-down of activity after a VERY busy holiday season, BTAC never stops providing food for those who are in need. Through donations made this past quarter, coupled with residual food from the holidays, BTAC's shelves have been well stocked. In fact, just yesterday, our Pantry Manager, Edward told the staff he was in an unusual place. In previous years, in April, he would have to cut back on the amount of food given out in grocery orders. Not so for 2013!
What a relief! And it wouldn't have happened without your generous support.
Thank you very much!
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