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Family in winter loves turkey

Brittany and Clint

Story Type: People We Serve

Programs Used: Mobile Food Pantry

This past year, as the holidays began to roll around, Brittany wasn’t sure her family would be able to celebrate in the traditional way. Even though both her and her husband work – he has his college degree and works for a local bank, and she manages a movie theater – they still struggle to make ends meet. They stretch every dollar to make sure their two boys have enough to eat – even if that sometimes means going without heat and special Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
“Holiday meals are expensive,” Brittany said, “and they’re not in our budget. I knew we would eat on those days, but I was planning on serving grilled cheese sandwiches or spaghetti. I’ve never been able to buy a turkey.”

So, when Brittany discovered the mobile pantry near her home was distributing complete thanksgiving meals – including an entire turkey – she was overjoyed.
“For Christmas and Thanksgiving this year, we got to eat meat, and it was such a luxury!” Brittany said. “We also got cranberries, potatoes, pumpkin pie…the entire meals. My son was so excited and kept saying, ‘I love turkey!’ There was something so magical about being able to sit at the dinner table with my family and enjoy that holiday meal.”

“As a mom, it makes me feel bad when I can’t provide my sons with things other families seem to take for granted – like holiday meals,” Brittany continued. “It’s heartbreaking. But because of the mobile pantry, I could provide that for them this year. I’m grateful, it’s been such a huge blessing.”


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