After the holidays, things return to normal at Burbank Temporary Aid Center . . . almost.
People are still coming to us for food and assistance. Volunteers still make time in thier schedules to help stock shelves. Staff work with clients to provide services. But one thing is missing. No one is doing a food drive!
Once the holidays are over, the number of food drives drop off dramatically. But the need is still there. Often, we have to cut back the amount of food we give families, because we are afraid of running out. But not this year! Thanks to your help, BTAC has been able to provide food, even adding some fresh fruits and vegetables along the way.
We appreciate your support of the poor in our community. Each day, we hear thier thanks for the assistance they receive. But we know the thanks goes to our donors like you, who provides the resources necessary to continue this work.
The past few months have been a flurry of activity at Burbank Temporary Aid Center. In addition to the 'regular' food we distribute, we also gave out holiday foods for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But holiday foods can be expensive - especially when you are buying and distributing over 1,000 turkeys between the two holidays! Some years we have actually run short. But this year, with the funds donated through GlobalGiving and other donations, there were plenty of turkeys to go around.
Holiday traditions are important in every family, especially during the holidays. The smells of the meal as it cooks, as well as the food and family help make and remember happy memories. By providing all of the fixin's for a traditional holiday meal, families don't have to rely on soup kitchens for thier holiday meal. They can continue creating their own family traditions.
As we come to the close of 2014, I am grateful for your support, which has allowed BTAC to help those in need.
Thank you, and Happy New Year!
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.
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