Summer Time at DDB – June 2013

We can tell that school is out and that summer time is here, because we are seeing a lot of children at Downtown Daily Bread. Last week, I gave out food vouchers to five families, all mothers coming in with their children ages from three months to fifteen years old. While it is nice to see the children and their smiling faces, it is also a harsh reminder of how many children are still going hungry. Every time I gave a food voucher I also told the parents they are welcome to bring their children here for lunch.  (This piece of information made the moms and dads very happy.) After the families get their food vouchers, they have to walk up to Sixth St to get their bags of food.  It requires a lot of running around, especially when it is hot outside and you have young children with you. I guess it is a sign of the times when we are seeing more families needing food.

In the month of July DDB gave out 50 food vouchers. All 32 lockers are in use and we have a waiting list of 15 people.  The number of people taking showers has risen, as well.  Approximately 100 showers are taken in a week.

Recently, I have helped three couples move into apartments.  One happy couple who just had their first child stopped by to let me see her.  The other couples stopped back at DDB just to let me know that they are doing well.  They all wanted to say thank you for helping them.  That is such a wonderful feeling.

– Chris, DDB Counselor

Categories Monthly Bites | Tags: | Posted on August 7, 2013

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