A Real Impact in Real Lives:
"My name is Lisa and I’ve been living here in North Minneapolis since 2019. I have six children, three grown and three still at home which are 19, 18, and 11 years old. I’ve been going to the Camden Promise food pantry since I’ve been living here and I have met so many nice people at the church, along with Pastor Jeff. He’s a Packer fan, just like me (Go Pack Go!). It has been unfortunate that I do not receive food support and sometimes I do not have food to feed my family but I’m so appreciative of the church! One day I was coming from picking my 11-year-old up from school and I was passing by the church and I noticed there was a lot of people outside and it was boxes and boxes of food and I stopped and I was like how do you sign up to receive food at this church. They said you can take whatever you want and I was like I can! And then the pandemic hit and we struggled so hard because we didn’t have food, but we knew we had the church and God bless us to go there and receive items to help me and my family and my kids. I’m so appreciative of the church to receive food from them and if I do get a little more I share it with my neighbors!" -Lisa
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.)