I am commenting on your article in the June 18 issue of the paper: "Caught in somewhat of a Catch 22." The article gave a good review to the situation nonprofits are facing.
I felt I needed to share what is going on at the Meeker County Emergency Food Shelf in Litchfield. We have not felt a dramatic increase in clients, although we have had an increase of clients in their 50s who have been laid off of work. Needless to say, they can't keep up with everyday living expenses, afford insurance, and put food on the table. As we all know, finding a job for that age group is next to impossible.
In regards to donations, I experienced a feeling of awe during our 2008 fall/holiday drive and the 2009 March drive! Both drives produced more food and cash donations than ever before. Now I know that when times are hard, people pull together in communities to help those in need.
Thank you to all the generous people who have donated to their local food shelves.
Also, a big thank you to the West Central Tribune for making people aware of day-to-day issues.
Brenda L. Voigt
Meeker County Emergency Food Shelf