“My family depends on the pantry because it stretches what we have, allowing us to have complete meals,” stated Patricia, “I go to the pantries at the end of the month and that holds me over until I get new food stamps.”
As the effects of the pandemic have increased grocery prices, Patricia and her neighbors rely on food pantries more than ever before to supplement meals. “I’ve noticed a lot more people coming to the pantries since the Coronavirus started. There is always a line now,” Patricia remarked.
Because of the increased need, United Way looked at gaps in service and worked with a broad range of partners to reach neighborhoods with the greatest need. This work has only been possible because of our trusted relationships, local knowledge, and ability to coordinate collaborative efforts.
“People need to support United Way,” explained Patricia, “It means a lot to everyone who is in need.”