Hunger Remains After the Holidays
The Euclid Hunger Center was a bustling place during the last two months of 2017. We provided Thanksgiving turkeys to 250 families, and holiday meals to many more. We couldn’t have done any of it, though, without the generosity of our community and the help of many dedicated volunteers. Numerous schools in our area held food drives for our center, and several local businesses collected food and cash gifts from their employees. Literally tons of food came through our doors, got sorted, and then were passed on to people who needed help.
EHC is certainly fortunate that at the end of the year, people get into the spirit of giving. Donations multiply by leaps and bounds during the Holiday season, and for that we are truly grateful. Unfortunately, however, like the holiday lights that get taken down, and the Christmas music that stops playing on December 26th, the spirit of giving sometimes diminishes once the holidays are over. Sadly, the need for food assistance does not merely slip away once the New Year begins. The Hunger Center will likely continue serving more than 600 Euclid households monthly in the coming year, a number that equates to roughly 1,300 children, adults and seniors each month.
We encourage you to remember that food insecurity is an ongoing problem for many in our community. The EHC needs your support all year long, and your donations of food are welcome and needed as much in February and July, as they are during the holidays. Our motto at the Hunger Center is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” Please continue to remember your neighbors in need throughout the coming year.
I am the Manager of the Euclid Hunger Center and a long-time resident of Euclid; married with 3 teenagers, and a member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish.