The Springfield Family Center’s food shelf and daily hot meal provide sustenance and nutrition to those who would otherwise go hungry. About 200 families benefit from the food shelf each month, and 25-30 people enjoy lunch at the Family Center during the week. Additionally, our day shelter and on-site showers and laundry facilities offer warmth and hygiene to those who have been exposed to harsh weather and social inequity. We have partnered with other social service agencies to guide people in mapping out their personal paths toward independence and self-sufficiency. Together, these diverse offerings make us a unique and comprehensive hub for emergency provisions, and help us to empower our neighbors to live with independence and dignity.
But this critical struggle is ongoing. Each day, our staff and volunteers strive to fill more bellies and warm more souls than we could in the previous one. This fall, we broke our own records for hot meals served, but with even less funds than we had in previous years. While we’ve seen a similar growth in food shelf interest, we regularly lack key items and must limit our visitors’ access to twice per month. With over 1/3 of families in Springfield having incomes below the federal poverty level the need is much greater than what we are currently serving. We need to get the word out that there is fresh produce and healthy food available from the Family Center Food Shelf that can help families stretch their food dollars. Our cooking program help people learn how to prepare these fresh foods to encourage people to use them.
We also provide our job skill training programs for people from Vermont Associates, 3 Squares Vermont, and Reach-Up who work in reception, food service, and housekeeping to all the activities going at the Family Center.
The Springfield Family Center is a critical part of the safety net for fixed income, low income, and homeless people in Windsor County. Your support is critical to helping us continue our work.
A We Care 2 donation would solidify our ability to provide cooking, financial planning, and job training programs by allowing us to increase hours and hire staff to focus their efforts in these areas. Currently our efforts are limited by the available funds for staff and the number of volunteers who can provide these services.