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FEEDING HOPE: THERESA’S STORY
Like many in our community, Theresa has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Her hours working in the housekeeping industry have been cut drastically. Now, she is lucky if she works even six hours a week. Going from a full-time job to her current schedule has significantly decreased Theresa’s income, making it hard to afford basic groceries, let alone a full Thanksgiving meal.
The food from Tom’s Turkey Drive will allow her to create a hearty and delicious Thanksgiving dinner with her teenage son and fiancé. She was especially grateful for the option to pick up a meal at Second Harvest for people taking public transportation, as she doesn’t drive.
“Full bellies always make everything better.”
In challenging times like these, having a full Thanksgiving meal means a lot. “Anything helps, especially in this time,” said Theresa. “Full bellies always make everything better.”
Theresa said her Thanksgiving would have looked scarce without Tom’s Turkey Drive. She still would have found a way to celebrate with her family, “but it wouldn’t be as happy… It’d be hard,” she said. Thanks to Tom’s Turkey Drive and the generous volunteers, donors and sponsors who make it possible, she was able to gather around a full table with her family this year.
Looking for a fun way to celebrate your birthday, company event or holiday? Hosting a fundraiser for Second Harvest is easy and makes an impact. You can raise funds online or host a food drive in person. We’ll give you the tools to get set up, share your event and start collecting. Every dollar donated makes a difference for neighbors experiencing food insecurity.
Steve and his wife both retired from the Army, and he also spent time as a civil engineer in the Navy. His career has been a life of service to our country. Today, he is a member of the civilian workforce at Fairchild Air Force Base.
With economics the way they are today, Steve accesses Second Harvest Mobile Market free food distributions on base.
Naturally cheery, Steve manages a smile even when he explains “Times are hard.” Simultaneously, he proudly adds, “We have two kids, 13 and 14. They eat like crazy and are growing like mad.”
Bite2Go is a weekend food program for students facing chronic food shortages at home. Bite2Go gives children access to a mix of nutritious, nonperishable and ready-to-eat meals and snacks for the weekend, helping kids return to school ready to learn on Mondays. At the heart of the program is the adoptive organization. Bite2Go relies on businesses, churches and civic groups to “adopt” a school, and through that engagement and funding model, provide students with food for the weekends through the school year.