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From Salida, CO

Story Type: People We Serve

Programs Used: The Grainery Ministries

How We Helped: Food to Feed His Family

Ron and his wife inherited three grandchildren to take care of—three grandchildren with “hollow legs.” For a week, Ron wondered what he was going to do. Living on a limited budget, it was a struggle to feed his multi-generational family, which also included Ron’s two parents. Then he made a plan. He built a garden and learned how to freeze and can fruit and vegetables. He and his wife would stay up until midnight during harvest season preserving their precious food for the growing children. He also began coming to a local food pantry every other week to receive bread, potatoes, canned soup and other pantry staples, which allowed him to stretch his grocery budget for the family of seven living under his roof.

Ron and his 17 year old grandson are going to rebuild a car together. Ron wants to find out what his grandson wants to do in life, give him some values, and build his confidence. Ron knows that “life is about people…helping people is what it amounts to. Caring and sharing, fill a little bit of a gap, make people feel like today is not going to be quite that much of a struggle.”

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