In just 3 short months our lives have been changed forever. We will never go back to the way things were and should we? Over the Memorial Day weekend, we took time to thank those who serve and protect us; I took time to think about what I am most thankful for – family, my religious community, friends, and those here at Bread and Life. What are you most thankful for? I think we can agree that having a home, a place to call our own, food on our tables and people who care about us are paramount. We’ve learned that many of the things we thought we couldn’t live without are not that important. What is important are the things we cannot put a price tag on.
I have learned that this virus knows no boundaries – it can affect the old and the young, the rich and the poor, those working and the recently unemployed. I know what is most meaningful to me is being here at Bread and Life and doing what we do each day – feeding those most in need.
As we move into a new month, we know the lines at Bread and Life will continue to get longer and longer. The crowd outside is sprinkled with familiar faces and a growing number of new faces who we do our very best to welcome. We will continue to keep our pantry stocked, our grab and go meals healthy, and ensure that the elderly, shut in, and the frail are included in our ever-growing numbers.
The effects of the pandemic will continue long into the year, and we need your help to keep places like Bread and Life open. In fact, as of this past week more than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment; the equivalent of one in four U.S. workers. Not since the Great Depression have the numbers been this high, this fast. Please consider calling or emailing your local representatives and encourage them to support emergency food programs like Bread and Life.
Please know that we are very grateful to the foundations, corporations, and individuals who continue to support us during this unprecedented time. To paraphrase Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, “those who need us, need us now, not tomorrow, not next week.”
Sr. Caroline Tweedy, RSM