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!
In the past four years, the number of people seeking food assistance from Burbank Temporary Aid Center has quadrupled. So, when it comes to the holidays, it can put a strain on our resources to keep up with the need.
Thus far in November and December, BTAC has distributed more than 750 turkeys,or hams, along with the "fixin's" for the traditional holiday meals. By the end of 2012, that number will exceed 1,000. And those are just families with children. In mid-November, I was panicked about how we were going to get enough turkeys to give to everyone. Then I remembered the generous donations through Global Giving. When I reviewed the donations, I breathed a sigh of relief, knowing we would be able to manage!
While other food pantries have had to cut back the amounts and quality of holiday food they could distribute, BTAC has been able to keep up with the need. I look forward to a day when the need isn't so great, and my mind can rest a bit more easy. But until that day, I want you to know how much your gift touches lives of people who are truly in need.
Often you will never know that someone is struggling. They could work with you, attend the same congregation, or have kids at the same school as yours. They hide behind a brave face, but inside, they are trying to decide whether to put food on the table or pay the power bill or car insurance. BTAC - and you through your gift - helps alleviate some of thier concern.
Thank you again, for your support.
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