As mentioned in an earlier update, this last year and a half have been extremely difficult on just about everyone, and the situation at Grateful Hearts is no different.
We recently lost both of our long time drivers: One due to a job change and the other as a result of long term health issues.
This has forced Amy (our sweet, tiny office manager) to take on the vast majority of grocery routes herself, which leaves her little time to concentrate on her main responsibilities… (not to mention the toll it is taking on her physically.)
These grocery pick ups are very labor intensive, (lifting milk crates, loading and unloading procured food items etc), and we need help, DESPERATELY!
Given that our current economic forecast is not exactly “sunny”, it makes this request even more urgent!
Federal unemployment programs that have paid jobless benefits since March 2020 are poised to end Sept. 6. It doesn’t appear Congress will extend them again.
Roughly 7.5 million people will lose benefits entirely at that time, per one estimate.
Those eligible to collect state unemployment insurance may continue to receive weekly payments past Labor Day. They would get $300 less per week.
What this means is that the services Grateful Hearts provides will more than likely see a dramatic upsurge, and our plans now are to reduce our number of store resources due to our current inability to pick up ( due to lack of help)
These necessary steps (of reducing our pick ups, and thereby reducing the amount of food we can distribute) are unfortunate at best. When we should be ramping up for the impending increase, we are having to scale back.
It is for this reason that I am asking, you, our supporters and friends to help us recruit willing and wonderful volunteers!
We need strong, healthy, dependable men/women/college students, retirees etc, who will commit to help meet this very urgent need!
It could be one day a week, a few hours occasionally, or whatever would fit their schedule… every bit helps! If we have a lot of people who can help just a little, the need will be met!
If this is not for you personally, please consider praying for us and thinking of people you know of that would want to make a difference in the lives of hurting single moms, seniors, and families who are struggling to keep food on the table for their children, It is a most worthy and fulfilling cause!