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Great Neck Notebook: March 28, 2012

True American Stories

A mother and her three children call a shelter home. Up until last year she was earning $50,000 a year as a customer service representative. She’s now making $12 an hour at a part-time job. “I never thought in a million years I’d be at this point.”

A family of five wake up each morning wondering if today will be the day they are evicted. The father used to make over $100,000, but then his telecom job was out-sourced to India.  The family income is now $15,000.

Talia M. and her husband Adam have both been out of work for more than two years. Together they used to earn over $110,000.  Current income:  zero. They have sent out over 500 résumés but have not gotten a single job offer. With their three children, they are living in one room of a friend’s home.

Cameron L. is a sweet, smart 12-year-old, but he can’t have a glass of milk and a bowl of cereal with milk. He can have one or the other because the family doesn’t have enough money to allow him to have that much milk at one meal. The milk carton in their fridge has little tick marks on the side, so they can ration it out between trips to the local food pantry.

At the INN, we see families every day who struggle with hunger, with homelessness, and with poverty. We see senior citizens subsisting on one meal a day and homeless vets who don’t know where their next meal is coming from or where they’ll sleep tonight.

For more than 25 years, the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) has helped families, and seniors, and veterans facing these problems. Last year alone, the INN served over 300,000 meals to hungry Long Islanders and provided housing in its emergency shelters and longterm housing sites to those who had nowhere else to turn. The INN never turns anyone away and our goal is to provide the support services necessary to help those in need become self-sufficient.

Please join me in supporting the INN. If you’ve had some good fortune in your life, consider sharing it with those who haven’t been as fortunate. Donations may be mailed to: Dave Golbert, 7 Lee Court West, Great Neck, NY 11024. Please make your check payable to:  The Interfaith Nutrition Network.

Your donation not only helps feed the hungry, it also gives hope to those who need it most.