A Real Impact in Real Lives:
A woman, who has been collecting small bars of soap and shampoo for the Food Shelf, came by one day to deliver them. We showed her the Food Shelf and in conversation found out that she had lost her husband a few months ago. She said she had time on her hands so she was cleaning out her house. We asked if she might want to volunteer at the Food Shelf. She is coming next week to help.
"The Camden Promise has been a blessing. It gives hope to the hopeless and provides food not only for your tummy but also for your soul."
"It has made me have some positive feelings about the community when I moved here from St. Paul. I was lost and scared and mostly hearing negative things it was very nice to see, hear & be. Part of this very positive feeling that we have it kind of made this big city have a little bit of a small town feel." (R.R.)
"I met a lady who had 6 small children. She was quite upset because she didn't have the means to put food on the table, buy clothes and generally live. I told her about the Food Shelf, Clothes Closet and Breakfast And A Bag. Later in the month, she came to the Food Shelf with her 6 kids in tow. Her children were typical kids, in and out of everything. "Julie" shopped at the Food Shelf, and ate lunch with her kids at the Food Shelf. On Sunday, she came back for Breakfast And A Bag; the outpouring of concern, care and friendship that she received overwhelmed her. She told me that for the first time in a long time, she was full. She hadn't been eating regularly, so her kids would have food."
"I am able to get a better quality of food. I don’t have to worry so much about the middle of the month, because I could get items that could last me until the end of the month. I am so thankful for fresh vegetables." (G.E.)