No less demand in the “Quiet” time of year
Like the classic January “thaw” when temperatures “soar” into the 30’s and we get a feeling like spring is near, the pace in CEAP Family Services appears to slow a little and we get a feeling like maybe demand is dropping. But as Minnesotans, we know it is an illusion and winter is still with us. January and February have been typically “quiet” months for CEAP in Family Services, and relative to the increased activity of November and December it does feel like things have slowed down and the demand for the use of CEAP services drops. But for over 1,300 households and almost 5,000 people the “quiet” time at CEAP was big reason they were able to feed themselves and their family in these cold winter months.
Also during this time the donations, particularly clothing donations at our Brooklyn Center location, have “quietly” piled up. And because of a steady stream of generous donations CEAP’s food shelves in both Brooklyn Center and Blaine continue to “quietly” stay well stocked and the food continues to go out the doors to needy neighbors.
In addition, during this “quiet” time some 175 seniors are still getting a hot meal a day through CEAP’s Meals on Wheels Programs and a dedicated corps of volunteers. Incidentally, during this “quiet” time of year CEAP is always looking for more volunteers for Meals on Wheels as a number of regular volunteer drivers leave the state for the winter months.
So, it might feel a little slower at CEAP this time of year, but it’s still winter and we in CEAP Family Services are still working to help people in our communities get the need to better care for themselves and their families.