From the Field

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” 

  Kathy Calvin

This past month we have seen the difference a meal makes. We just finished our first harvest and distribution in 2022 of over 500 meals to Boone, Clinton & Tippecanoe counties. We want to stress though that it is not about the numbers but the impact that these meals have for the families and individuals we serve.

How does your body react without the proper vitamins and minerals needed on a daily basis? Imagine living your life, whatever the circumstance, constantly sick and weak due to malnutrition. Or worse yet your children. These meals or more than just a donation they give these families and individuals a chance for their bodies to heal and lives to improve.

Our mission is more than just numbers it is to serve.

Service through education such as cooking classes, food access or through workforce development by teaching life skills needed to excel.

It is because your generosity we are able to serve. Please consider donating today so that through you we can serve more people having a greater impact in our community and in yours.

Why We Work with Folks in Recovery 

Non-inclusive Employment Opportunities:

“Formerly incarcerated individuals are unemployed at a rate of over 27% — higher than the total U.S. unemployment rate during any historical period, including the Great Depression. Our estimate of the unemployment rate establishes that formerly incarcerated people want to work but face structural barriers to securing employment, particularly within the period immediately following release. For those who are Black or Hispanic — especially women — status as “formerly incarcerated” reduces their employment chances even more. This perpetual labor market punishment creates a counterproductive system of release and poverty, hurting everyone involved: employers, the taxpayers, and certainly formerly incarcerated people looking to break the cycle.”

 Systemic Barriers to Employment:

Folks convicted of drug possession are often saddled with crippling court-imposed fines, fees, costs, and assessments that they cannot afford to pay. These can include court costs, public defender application fees, and surcharges on incurred fines, among others. They often come on top of the price of bail (if defendants can afford it), income-earning opportunities lost due to incarceration, and the financial impact of a criminal record. For those who choose to hire an attorney, the costs of defending their case may have already left them in debt or struggling to make ends meet for months or even years to come.

A drug conviction also keeps many people from getting a job, renting a home, and accessing benefits and other programs they may need to support themselves and their families—and to enjoy full civil and social participation. Federal law allows states to lock people out of welfare assistance and public housing for years and sometimes even for life based on a drug conviction. People convicted of drug possession may no longer qualify for educational loans; they may be forced to rely on public transport because their driver’s license is automatically suspended; they may be banned from juries and the voting booth; and they may face deportation if they are not US citizens, no matter how many decades they have lived in the US or how many of their family members live in the country.

REMOVE UNNECESSARY BARRIERS

Combat some of the greatest uncertainties in life. Please donate today and help remove barriers to employment and food access.

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