Do you know what I love most about the New Year?
Everyone gets a fresh start. Looking ahead at the year to come, there are also a lot of unknowns. But whatever the New Year may bring, parents should never have to worry about being able to feed their children.
Yet 1 in 10 Massachusetts residents—and 1 in 7 children—doesn't have enough to eat during the year.
For Celia, the unexpected came at the end of the year, not the beginning:
"I need help," she said as she walked toward the desk. Celia was meeting with Project Bread staff at her local community health center.
She pulled out the empty chair and took a seat. "I need help with food," she said. Pausing for a moment, she unfolded her hands from her lap before she continued, "I've never requested help in my life."
Celia was going through a divorce. She'd never been the primary earner for her family—she stayed home to care for her three sons. But now, she was panicked by the prospect of starting the New Year as a single parent, and finding a job to cover housing and childcare expenses while somehow affording groceries, too.
Thanks to the caring and compassion of people like you, Celia can start 2018 focused on her family's future, not on being able to afford food.
As you look forward to your own new beginnings, I wish you and your family health and happiness in the year to come.
Thank you for making our work possible,
P.S. In November, Celia's SNAP enrollment was approved. The monthly benefit has enabled her to do her own grocery shopping and she feels less worried about being able to feed her kids knowing she has a place to turn if her food budget runs out before the end of the month. She is hopeful for what the New Year will bring. Will you make a gift to help food-insecure families in Massachusetts?