Olivia is a 41 year old paralegal student at St. Paul College. When a back injury put her out of work, she and her son moved into transitional housing, where she first heard about Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf. Olivia has been coming to us for over a year, first as a client and later as a volunteer, saying she appreciates that we’re here for her no matter what. For her diabetic son, eating right is especially important. With our help, he is eating fruits, vegetables, and organic pastas regularly – which have stabilized his blood sugars and helped him lose weight.
Olivia says volunteering at the food shelf has taught her leadership, social skills, and empathy for people from diverse backgrounds – skills she hopes to use upon completion of her paralegal degree. Additionally, she says her son has learned that visiting a food shelf is nothing to be ashamed of; that “it’s just help you need.” With that help, Olivia is confident that her son will one day achieve his dream of becoming a lawyer.
In order to continue to meet the needs of Olivia and an increasing number of others like her, Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf is holding a fundraising breakfast at the MLK Center (map here) on Tuesday, January 24th from 7:30 to 8:30 am. The event will feature live music, a client testimonial, a short video on hunger in Minnesota, and a few short speeches from HQB staff and supporters in the community.
Please consider attending the HQB Food Shelf fundraising breakfast on January 24th. Guests are not expected to make a donation. However, we have $1,000 in matching funds available, so the impact of all contributions that morning will be doubled up to that amount.
If you do decide to attend, please RSVP by contacting our Executive Coordinator Jeff Bartlett by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (651-224-4601). You are also welcome to contact us with questions or for additional information.
For a video of Olivia giving her personal testimony, click here.