We often look for other agencies to partner with in our produce distribution program while school is out, and this summer we provided food to children of migrant farm workers.
When I did my regular site visit, the program staff told me how the produce really helped out the families each week since all the families are low-income and have difficulty putting food on the table. It made me feel really good about what we do as I saw parents returning from a long day working in the fields to pick up their children and the food we were able to provide. I also thought of the irony that we were providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the very people who did the back breaking work to grow and pick them. All the children in this distribution have working parents, but those parents do not earn enough to afford the very product they are producing.
We know we are doing the right thing in providing food to the people we serve, but we also know it is important for our advocacy program to focus on protecting the social service safety net. The community needs to understand what we can do to make life better for low-income people in our neighborhood.
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