Food for Low-income Families and Individuals

by Burbank Temporary Aid Center
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School has begun here in Burbank and this marks another milestone for us:  Having enough food for the summer.  

During the summer, most people are busy with summer break, vacations, etc. and they don't often think that the need for food actually increases during the summer months.  During the school year, many students receive federally subsidized free or low cost breakfast and lunch.  So, when school is out, the burden falls on the parents to provide lunch and breakfast for thier children.  

Thanks to your support, BTAC was able to keep enough food on hand to meet this increase that comes each summer.  We are so happy we didn't have to cut back the amount of food given to each family.  Instead, we were able to increase it a bit more!

Thank you for your generous and ongoing support.  

Last week, I was giving a tour to a group of Brownies.  It had not dawned on me that any of them might be part of needy families.  But when I asked if any of their families hadn't had enough food, I was stunned when one little girl raised her hand.

It was a strong reminder that people are struggling all around us.  They are people we would never expect, but are secretly in need.  Sometimes is is because they aren't aware of services, and sometimes, they are embarrassed.  

Later, I took one of the leaders aside to ask for more information about the child's circumstances.  The leader had been surprised by the girl's response and promised to check into the situation.  I asked her to encourage the familiy to come to Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) for assistance.

This is just one example the work BTAC is doing.  

But it wouldn't happen, if donors like you didn't generously support our work.  Your donations help keep our shelves filled with groceries.  These groceries not only provide physical sustenance, but emotional sustenance.  It is knowning they aren't alone in thier struggle that means the most to many of BTAC's clients.  

Thankyou for your support and the role you play in make sure BTAC can continue serving the community. 

Dear friends, thank you for your support of this project over the past several months.  Although Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) provides food for low income families and individuals all year long, it is especially important during the holidays.  

BTAC distributed over 500 turkeys, along with stuffing, potatoes, etc, for a complete Thanksgiving meal.  This allowed the families to continue thier own traditions within thier own homes, rather than going to a 'soup kitchen'  - or going without.  And then, we did the same in December for the Christmas holiday.  

Many members of our community dropped off some of the canned and packaged goods we needed.  With your donations, BTAC was able to fill the gaps in what was donated. Turkeys, fresh potatoes, etc.  were purchased to help complete the meals.  

Now, BTAC is receiving calls and notes from those who were assisted, thanking us for helping them through the holidays.  But thier thanks should be passed along to you.  Thanks to you and our donors, together, we make things happen!

Thanks and Happy New Year!

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Although Halloween is still several weeks away, at Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC), we are already planning for the holidays.  This is the time of year BTAC begins organizing holiday foods for low-income families.

This time of year is tough for families.  There are so many expectations around the holidays, and when you are struggling to make ends meet, those expectations become frustrations.  So, BTAC puts together all the groceries for a traditional Thanksgiving Holiday meal for each family to take home and create or continue thier family traditions. 

Then, we do it all over again in December! 

Between the two holidays, BTAC will go through approximately 1,000 turkeys, hams and roast beef.  Although many members of our community will donate them, BTAC usually needs to purchase about 250 more, to ensure we can meet the need. 

That's where your help makes such a difference. Turkeys, etc. are expensive items.  But with your support, we are able to make sure there are plenty to go around.

Thank you for your past support.  I hope you will continue that support this upcoming holiday season.  And perhaps encourage friends or family to join you in creating wonderful holidays for hundreds of families.

Each year when school gets out for the summer, Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) sees an increase in need.  I never understood this until I realized it had to do with the subsidized lunch programs in the schools.

This program wasn't around when I was a child, so I was unaware of it.  Over time, the program expanded from just lunch to including breakfast.  This is a wonderful gift for parents struggling to make ends meet.  But come Summer Break, it puts strain on the family budget.  Thier capacity to put food on the table doesn't increase just because school is out.

So, in the summer, BTAC tries to increase the amounts and types of foods provided to low-income families by adding a few extra, kid-friendly items to each month's grocery order.  Whether it is more PB&J, Mac & Cheese, or even fresh fruits and vegetables, it makes a difference.

This sounds fairly simple. However, in the summer, BTAC's donations of food often slow down.  That's where your donations really help.  We are able to purchase more healthful items, fruits and veggies and fill in the gaps, when we run short.

I like to think that, together, we are able to help parents enjoy the summer a little bit more, because they don't have to worry how they will keep thier children fed. 

Thank you for helping make this possible.  We couldn't do it without you.

 

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Burbank Temporary Aid Center

Location: Burbank, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.theBTAC.org
Project Leader:
Barbara Howell
Burbank, CA United States

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