‘Poverty has no zip code’ -- Thousands of families helped by Downriver food pantry each week

‘Poverty has no zip code’ — 1000’s of households helped by Downriver meals pantry every week

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RIVER ROUGE, Mich. – Dozens of volunteers collect at Downriver faculties each week handy out meals to an estimated 1,400 households in River Rouge.

Replace Could 10, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) instances as much as 47,138; Dying toll now at 4,551

Organizers declare some there are extra dispensaries than grocery shops, in order that they’re bringing meals to households in want.

“I got here out of poverty, so I clearly perceive what that ache is like,” stated River Rouge Faculty District director of neighborhood affairs Tarence Wheeler. “It is a very aggravating time for our highschool college students. That is only a traumatic occasion. All it is advisable to know that somebody cares about you. My job is to alleviate the nonacademic boundaries.”

Each bag stuffed with recent vegetables and fruit, bread, canned items and perishable gadgets.

“People who’ve by no means been in line earlier than are actually discovering themselves in a cell meals pantry simply attempting to get some help,” Wheeler stated.

The cell meals pantry operates twice per week — partnering with Forgotten Harvest on Wednesday’s at Ann Visger Elementary Faculty on Jefferson Avenue and partnering with Gleaners on Friday’s at River Rouge Excessive Faculty on Coolidge Freeway.

“Poverty is pricey and exhausting,” Wheeler stated. “And there was a pandemic of poverty earlier than there was a COVID-19 pandemic.”

At a time when so many households are in want, these neighbors are stepping up and giving again.

“Folks must know that folk need assistance. They want help and we’re not judging anyone,” Wheeler stated. “I don’t care the place you reside, the place you’re employed at — poverty has no zip code.”

Wheeler stated anybody who wants assist out can come. The cell meals pantry begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Ann Visger Elementary Faculty on Jefferson Avenue and 11 a.m. Friday at River Rouge Excessive Faculty on Coolidge Freeway.

Should you need assistance, or wish to assist out, volunteer or donate, you may contact Wheeler at 313-205-9826.

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