More than just a meal

June 28, 2022 / by United Way

Help from a United Way-supported food program means Chad doesn’t have to wonder where his next meal is coming from.

“I was raised in a small village and when I moved to the big city, you’d rarely find a soul who was willing to give a hand. That’s what makes United Way so important—I was one of those people that needed the service, and I realized it was something I could depend on. I didn’t have to sit around worrying, I could get the support I needed.

Even now, knowing that the food program is there—and that if I need help, they’re not going to say no—means a lot.

I receive groceries on Wednesdays. I realized I needed the help over the summer, when the pandemic had been going on for a few months. This support means I don’t have to wonder when I’m going to eat, or what I’m going to eat.

There are even times when they’ll give a little bit more than what I actually need. That’s when I try to pay it forward—you know, a friend will come over and I’ll say, ‘Here, take this. If you need it, please take it.’

That’s why I also volunteer at the food program. I was raised to believe that a helping hand is always welcome. It’s basically right there in the name! Whether we’re working or receiving help, United Way brings us together. It’s uniting us into believing we can help one another.”

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