On a mild week day morning in April, Robert took his place in a line that stretched a city block. This line is worth waiting in for all these folks because it means a meal. Even if it's the only one they get that day. Robert was in prison for years and when he was released he found himself with no one. And no place to go. With no identification, it was impossible to find employment. Fortunately, he found a number of organizations who were more than willing to lend a helping hand. They helped him get on his feet, gave him a place to rest his head, food to keep him nourished and made sure he was able to renew his barber's license.
Robert was happy to share his story. He's not proud of his past, but he is proud of where he's headed and promises that "When I get back on my feet financially, I'm definitely giving back."
There's a lot that goes into our world of fighting hunger and feeding hope. We couldn't have distributed near 36 million pounds of food last year without the thousands of people who donate time, funds, food and event organization on our behalf.
Throughout the year, there's a continuous schedule of events, promotions, food drives etc. that happen around our service area. The dedication and hard work that happens behind the scenes often goes overlooked. As do the faces of hunger - those who you come across every day who silently suffer and wonder where their next meal will come from.
Thus the origination of this FBR blog...we want to highlight stories of your neighbors who utilize the services of our nearly 1,000 hunger relief partner agencies. We also want to highlight the activies that you might not hear about otherwise and give you sneak peaks into the FBR world!