Warm weather, warm hearts.
Spring has finally arrived. The weather forecasters were actually accurate and we have had temperatures approaching 70 degrees in March. But it is March after all, typically the snowiest month of the year, so anything can happen. We are also seeing some signs of the warming economy. For instance, the number of people Family Service is helping continues to be lower than usual. We attribute some of that drop in activity to the shot in the arm many households get when they get their income tax refunds. But like living with March weather, we enjoy the nice environment while we can but know that things can change and whatever does happen, people in the community still need food, and in Family Service we’re helping them get it.
For February we served a little over 1,300 households (almost 4,700 people) out of our Brooklyn Center and Blaine sites, as well as some 145 households a daily hot meal through CEAP’s Meals on Wheels program (approximately 2400 meals). I’d like to give special recognition to our Meals on Wheels volunteers who make operating that program not only possible but remarkably successful. Feedback from recipients of those meals continues to be nothing but positive and appreciative. So THANK YOU Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers and kitchen assistants!!
So, we welcome the warm weather, the warm economy, and the donations of time, talent, and treasure from the warm hearts of our neighbors, no matter what happens next week…though I really hope it doesn’t snow.
Next month: CEAP Family Service expanding partnerships to better serve
Patrick Morley, Director of Family Services