DEC 11, 2013 9:30 AM BY JEANNE PREJEAN Published By: My Sweet Charity
According to The Wilkinson Center’s Executive Director Anne Reeder,
“The holidays can be so joyful but also a stressful time for everyone. They can be particularly difficult for families who experience food insecurity. Wilkinson Center has been providing Food and Emergency services to the working poor in East, Southeast Dallas and Pleasant Grove for more than 30 years and has provided additional holiday assistance every year due to the generosity of our donors. Our nine zip code service area is particularly hard hit due to high unemployment, low educational levels and very low family income levels. This is also virtual Food Desert with few large grocery stores that can provide food at reasonable prices for already struggling families.
“On school days, DISD schools are now serving breakfast and lunch to all children in the district, however there is a need for assistance over the holidays when school is not in session. In addition, the primary source of income for many of our families is a worker who is receiving an hourly wage and may not receive holiday pay. As of November 1st, the reduction in the food stamp program (SNAP) is adding to these already significant stresses. Rising heating costs and additional family members strain family dollars.
“My immediate wish is for turkeys and hams to stretch food pantry donations, or if you prefer, just a donation check with the notation ‘Turkey/Ham Bucks’, so that Wilkinson Center can purchase these items. Please share the joy of this blessed time with families that need your help.”
– Anne Reeder, The Wilkinson Center’s Executive Director