For Juana’s family, their greatest gift this holiday season is the nutritious food that you provide. And inspired by your generosity, Juana now donates her time to help others facing similar struggles.
Juana, her husband and children live in a Nashville apartment complex that has a seasonal food pantry and meal program. It’s operated by St. Mary of Bethany Parish, a Second Harvest Partner Agency.
“Kids have school meals, but I can see moms struggling with food at home after school,” Juana says of families who live in the apartment complex.
When children are out of school for long breaks — like the upcoming winter break — your gifts help get food to Juana and her neighbors right where they live. “[The feeding program] helps children feel secure in knowing they have a meal.”
Though Juana is medically unable to work, she gives back by volunteering at her apartment building’s food pantry and at other organizations in her community — she clocked nearly 700 hours of volunteer service in one year!
Juana says that when she’s serving food to others, she sees how much need there is, and she sees how you help meet that need through your generous gifts.
“Thank you very much and God bless you,” she says to donors like you. “Although I don’t know you, I wish that God continues to bless you.”
We echo Juana and thank you for your help filling empty plates this holiday season — and all year long.