Here's an excerpt from a Courier article today, talking about a spike in the need for food assistance right in our town:
In Waterloo, the increase in demand coincided with the opening of the a new NEIFB facility on Lafayette Street. Pat Russo, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul, said he thought the uptick was related to the move. St. Vincent de Paul has seen a 20 percent increase in demand for emergency food aid from last year, Russo said. He, NEIFB and Salvation Army officials met this summer to discuss the trend.
"I came into the meeting almost expecting the food bank (demand) to be down," he said. The number of families using NEIFB was up by about 50 percent since this summer through October — with 1,850 families seeking food assistance through the month.
Those three Waterloo-Cedar Falls agencies reported a growing demand for food aid in the community. Prather said that is also true for agencies that serve the NEIFB's 16-county region. In the first week of November, the NEIFB in Waterloo had 84 walk-ins, which are either first-time visitors to the food bank or people who haven't needed the food bank's assistance in the last six months.
Guys - this is why God put us where he did. And this is what he's asking us to do: make our part of Waterloo a little more like heaven. People aren't hungry in heaven. The timing is perfect.
Show up tonite at 6:30. We'll pray, get some instructions, assemble some bags, get a map and a few addresses, and trudge through a little bit of snow, and meet this need with a full Thanksgiving meal.
Trust me. You won't regret giving up an evening for this. And you'll be the one that is blessed by it.
See you tonite!