The BronxWorks Community Food Pantry helps Madelyn and her family with fresh and nutritious foods every week.
Madelyn has been a participant of the BronxWorks Community Food Pantry for a little over a year. She lives with her 10-year-old son and her elderly mother, and she works as an early intervention service coordinator, helping children ages zero to three with early signs of developmental or physical disabilities.
While she still had her job at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Madelyn and her family faced difficulties with food insecurity as schools and senior centers were closed, and the need for more meals within the household grew due to the lockdown.
She was introduced to the BronxWorks Community Food Pantry through a neighbor to help bridge the new gaps in the need for food and help keep the household secure. “You always get fresh produce, which is very good because I’m trying to get Marcus to eat more vegetables, and you always get to choose a type of protein as well, and you get carbs like oatmeal and rice.”
An additional benefit for participants of the Food Pantry is information and seamless access to the array of BronxWorks services. “They always offer other services in the community, so you feel like if you have an issue or a concern, BronxWorks will be there for you.”
I might just be making it without BronxWorks.”
Throughout this year, we are inspired by the many stories of resilience and hope we witness every single day. Your support truly impacts BronxWorks program participants as they face various hardships, especially as the Bronx continues to recover from the socioeconomic effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The BronxWorks Building Better Futures Fund will help Bronx residents like Madelyn with access to emergency food programs across the agency. Donate today!