St. Ed’s Donates 1,153 Pounds of Food to VEAP

August 9, 2015

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

Below is a recent letter we received from VEAP our local social service agency. We are truly blessed to have such a caring neighbor.

Summer blessings, Fr. Brian ********************************************************************

Dear Father Fier,

Thank you for your support of VEAP. Your donation of 1,153 pounds of food has been put to work right away to help low-income individuals and families put food on the table and remain stable in their housing.

On June 21, 2015, a Star Tribune article revealed the results of a Metropolitan Council study on poverty in Twin Cities suburbs “Poverty nearly doubles in Twin Cities Suburbs.” At VEAP, we have witnessed this trend first hand. In Bloomington and Richfield, 51% of public school enrollment qualify for free and reduced price meal programs. When children are hungry, the incidences of illness, poor academic outcomes and behavioral problems increase.

It’s not only the young that are affected by poverty. The economic downturn over the past decade forced numerous people out of the work force which resulted in many adults who had been stable and self-sufficient, turning to VEAP for help. In late June, “Alice” came to VEAP for the very first time. Like all new clients, Alice met with one of VEAP’s licensed social workers. Alice is college educated and worked as an engineer for decades before being laid off in the late 2000s. The last several years she has worked caring for children to keep herself afloat as she continued to look for a permanent position. Now 60 years old, with her savings nearly depleted, she came to VEAP for help.

Anxious and a bit embarrassed, Alice met with a VEAP social worker. Alice came for food, but received much more during her time at VEAP. She was able to talk to Frances about her fears and frustrations and about how coming to a food shelf was something she had never thought she would need to do. Alice learned of other community resources available to her as she continues her search for employment. While we don’t know what the future holds for Alice, we do know that she left feeling supported and validated in her efforts to carry on in the face of difficult and stressful times.

Your support makes it possible for our neighbors, young and old alike, to regain stability. Thank you again for your support. Thank you so much for your partnership.

Sincerely,
Patty Schulz Advancement Director

P.S. VEAP is collecting new backpacks and school supplies! The Back to School supply drive collection is through August 11th. For more information visit backtoschool.veap.org.