Up Close and Personal: The People We Help
The loss of a job, a death in the family, a family break-up, an unexpected health diagnosis, finding the courage to escape an abusive relationship, a challenging home life, a fixed income in retirement that doesn’t stretch far enough…there are a myriad of life events that impact one’s ability to keep food on the table and a roof over one’s head.
Read on to see a couple examples of how your involvement in LCAC makes a positive impact in someone’s life.
The power of cooking!
Evelyn has been utilizing the services of LCAC’s Food Program for a while, but only when absolutely necessary. Recently, she had extensive heart surgery and doctors explained to her that it was vital that she change her eating habits to avoid any more health complications. When Evelyn heard that she could participate in a nutrition class offered by LCAC and the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), she wasted no time signing up for the course.
Evelyn had never learned how to cook for herself and the class opened up a whole new world for her. As the course progressed, she became increasingly excited about the material and what she had accomplished. Evelyn started showing up a half-hour early to help the instructor and volunteers prepare for the class. She was so proud of the first recipe that she prepared on her own at home, that she brought pictures to show the LCAC food program volunteers. Thanks to the nutrition course Evelyn has not only learned a new skill set; but she has also gained a new level of confidence and become a savvy shopper!
Paying it Forward
It is not uncommon for people who received services from LCAC, at some point in their life, to give back to LCAC as a way to say “Thank you.” Sally, a stay-at-home mom and a journalist, contacted LCAC to inquire about a list of most needed items for the food pantry. She explained that she was organizing a food drive because she wanted to give back. Sixteen years ago, she and her one-year-old daughter were living in a car in Lorton with no money. Sally came to LCAC and received food and other basic items that she and her daughter needed. LCAC was there for her when she desperately needed it. She has never forgotten that. Sally beamed when she brought in the results of her food drive — several hundred pounds of food.