Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Days after Aleen’s family moved to Colorado from Sudan four years ago, her father passed away unexpectedly.
Aleen’s mother, Maryam, had a baby at the time, spoke no English, and didn’t know who to turn to for help feeding her family. Upon enrolling her older children at a Denver Public School, which is also one of Food Bank of the Rockies’ Hunger Relief Partners, Maryam met staff who informed her about the Food Bank’s Totes of Hope™ program, which provides kids with nutritious food over the weekend.
Erika Chambers was confident that with careful budgeting she could support her family when she separated from the father of her three children in spring 2020.
Then the pandemic hit.
During the shutdown, the single mother worked from her home in Palmer, Alaska, and attended college full-time. She was employed as a program manager for an early education facility, but the center occasionally closed in response to positive COVID-19 cases.
Food has the power to heal. That has never been more apparent than in this past year when we experienced the isolating effects of a world health crisis. We have had to find creative ways to get the right food to people so that they can maintain good health and well-being and know that they are seen and not forgotten.
Julia has lived through a lot in her 92 years. She remembers seeing the turkeys run along the dirt road to her one-room schoolhouse along the creek. She remembers helping her parents herd their cattle from their pasture. She remembers preparing the ranch before the 1966 blizzard. Julia is a wealth of stories from life in rural South Dakota and she knows how things used to be.