“If it wasn’t for the Food Bank, I don’t know how we’d get through each month.”
Each month, Lori Miller receives a food lifeline in the mail. Inside an envelope, an emergency food voucher gives her the reassurance she needs that she’ll be able to secure food for herself, her husband, and her grandchild.
The York County Food Bank’s Emergency Food Voucher Program offers individuals like Miller emergency food assistance. The program is made possible through a partnership between the Food Bank and partner agencies, such as Miller’s home church, Glenview Alliance Church in Glen Rock.
“We’re on a fixed income, and the food vouchers really help,” she says. “The food we receive gets us through the rest of the month when the food stamps run out.”
Miller says she appreciates having the York County Food Bank as a resource in the community to turn to for food assistance. “I like the fresh produce and the meat here, and the people are so friendly. If you need something, they’ll go and look to see if they have it for you.” Whether she’s picking up some green peppers for a stew or selecting fresh strawberries for her granddaughter, the produce offerings at the Food Bank complement the canned foods and nonperishable items from the Food Bank’s pantry shelves.
At Miller’s home, those ingredients come together in her home-cooked dishes at mealtime that bring together all members of the family. On occasion, she’s also able to find dry and wet cat food at the Food Bank to feed the furry members of her family.
As a lifelong resident of York County, Miller says she sees the needs of people who are hungry and who don’t know where their next meal will come from.
“It’s heartbreaking,” she admits. “Some people may look down on those who don’t have enough money for food, but anyone can face tough times…it might be a car accident or a job loss that prevents them from working. As a community, we should help out one another. If each and every person would donate, we’d have enough food so that people wouldn’t have to go hungry.”
Now, it’s your turn to make a difference in the lives of those who are hungry in our community. When you volunteer your time at a food pantry in your community, when you give a generous gift of nonperishable food through Hunger Free Mondays, you help the York County Food Bank fight hunger in York County.