In September we are fortunate to be a part of a nationwide effort spearheaded by Feeding America -- Hunger Action Month -- to raise awareness for hunger and how you can be a part of it. There are many ways people can get involved to take action and make a difference, but sometimes we all may wonder --“Can I really make a difference?”
The answer is yes.
I want to share with you how John and Roxanne Lewis, two members of our community, were moved to action when they saw their neighbors in need. John and Roxanne opened the Asbury United Methodist Church Food Pantry in south Elyria after they saw the growing need in the neighborhood and their own congregation. They both recall a middle aged couple with no transportation who found themselves suddenly without income when the husband’s employer temporarily shut down with little notice. His wife is disabled and spends most of her time in a wheelchair. He walked two miles to get groceries from the pantry.
Knowing they could help compelled John and Roxanne to take action, and the number of people helped by the pantry has grown since it opened in 2012, and now serves between 250-300 people per month. What strikes them are the people who were at one time helped through the pantry coming back to offer their help, whether it's taking out the trash, shoveling the sidewalk, and offering any assistance they can. As Roxanne shared, “This pantry has changed our little part of the community through food.”
The actions of one or a few people can always make a difference. You don’t have to open a food pantry or operate a soup kitchen to take action when it comes to our neighbors in need. Volunteer, share information, make a donation, and help spread the word about hunger in our community.
Together, we can take action and make a difference.
Julie Chase-Morefield, Executive Director
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.