From Lamar, CO
Story Type: People We Serve
Programs Used: Food Pantry
How We Helped: Food to Feed Family
Harriett has lived in Prowers County for about 20 years. It wasn’t until recently that she, her husband, and their five kids started receiving help from Care and Share’s partner food pantry in their neighborhood, Sparrow House Ministries. She said she started doing research on assistance, and came across the organization.
“We started coming right before Christmas break [last year],” Harriett told us. With how quickly the kids were growing, it was hard to provide all the food they needed. “My oldest one is 14 and then 13… and they have quite an appetite,” she said. Harriett’s husband has a full-time job, while she stays home to take care of the younger children. She says when her kids are out of school for the weekend or holiday breaks, their family’s food budget can be tight, especially while living on a single-income.
Having access to the food pantry helps alleviate her family’s burden, she says. “We get anything from produce to meat, eggs, milk, shelf-stable stuff… so there’s a variety.”
She also loves the set up of the food pantry, and her kids enjoy going with her, not only for the food, but the experience. “They’re really happy when they come home from the pantry.”