Families Benefiting From Your Generosity
Over the last few weeks, we have been able to distribute milk and juice to hurting families in our own community (Central and Southwest Virginia). This is an incredibly unique project because milk and juice are not items that are regularly available to families who rely on food banks, pantries, soup kitchens and churches.
Now many of you may be thinking, “Why are milk and juice such a big deal?”
Well, milk and juice provide the crucial vitamins and nutrition that children need. Our partners say that milk and juice are their most requested items but are the least donated. These are hardworking families who rely on these food banks and pantries when they cannot make ends meet. We have been working across the region, helping families in rural parts of our community, as well as, urban areas.
Take a moment to see what our distribution partners are saying about this program and the impact it is having.
“We have distributed juice to over 1200 families! WOW! That’s not counting the 158 bottles for the seniors that Piedmont Senior Resources has and will be picking up for this week. We also distributed a 300 bottles to at risk children in pre-k, another 300 bottles to the parents seeking employment, hundreds of bottles to several churches in Prince Edward County, 600 bottles to food pantries in Nottoway County, one church came up and got 500 lbs. of cucumbers, 500 lbs. of milk and 500 lbs. of tomatoes from us since we were open for business, another 600 bottles of juice to a food pantry in Lunenburg County, and over 100 bottles of juice to a daycare center for disabled children in Farmville; and the distribution is still going as we speak! It won’t end until 7:00 p.m. this evening! People have been lined up yesterday and again today since we began at 2:00 p.m.
So how can I thank you? Well, I can’t. There is no way to properly express the warmth in my heart for your compassion, kindness and generosity in giving us this opportunity. This is something people only read about. On a personal basis it’s hard to believe I’ve been a part of this. Hard to believe we have graduated to the level of being able to help so many people. I just don’t know what to say. I’m practically in tears.
Thank you Gleaning. You have truly been a blessing in my life and the lives of so many others.” – One of our many distribution partners.