Why Sponsor a Hand Up?
As people browse our website and beyond, some are surprised to see sponsorships. Some might consider it unusual, others might think it’s scammy or somehow deceptive. The reasons it was started, however, are more important than what a minority of people think.
Many years ago, my grandmother would fix a plate of food for those with less than they had. In a time when it was hard to come by jobs, people banded together. Many didn’t like to ask for help, didn’t want a handout or charity. There are many today facing that same embarrassment of needing a little help.
Perhaps they fall through the cracks – not enough to get through but too much to qualify for assistance. Maybe they had an emergency that took funds unexpectedly or maybe they had income cut.
We’ve been there. And scraping through on a grim looking winter too. We hear people that need help but we can’t afford to do it alone at this point. So we offered the sponsorship program, which covers most of the fees and allows us to get through *and* helps those benefiting directly.
As we see more of this, we can’t help but wish to expand it. For those with means to do so, it allows sharing food choices with others. As we look at the recent storms, and approaching the holidays, it gives #FoodThanks campaigns new looks. We have come across some who would be interested in those handouts, and have started some wishlists. The food requests are many and immediate – which unfortunately we can’t help with at this time.
Others are more forward thinking. The family too far from food choices, with some medical issues. A raised food bed would allow them to raise some of their own produce.
The economy is hitting many. The sponsorships allow a way to help.