Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: “Parents Can Feed Their Families, Thanks to You”
When Temika looks at her daughter, Tamia, she sees a girl who’s going places. An avid reader from an early age, Tamia is set on attending college when she graduates from high school and hopes to continue studying literature, her favorite subject.
Temika knows she’ll need to save a lot of money if she’s going to be able to help with the cost of books and tuition, but for now, she must address a much more immediate concern — putting food on the table.
While her daughter is at school, Temika works her hourly job at a nearby hotel and helps care for her two young godchildren. But between her paychecks and a small amount of help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), she often struggles to buy groceries each month.
In order to stretch the family’s food budget a little further, Temika began visiting the Food Pantry at McFarlin United Methodist Church, her local Regional Food Bank partner agency in Norman. She says the food she receives here helps when money is especially tight and payday can’t come soon enough.
Before she started coming to the pantry, Temika wasn’t always able to prepare nourishing meals for her daughter and godchildren. Now, she can make nutritious dishes — including family favorites like jambalaya — without breaking the bank.
In addition to being somewhat of a bookworm, Temika says Tamia is also a talented dancer. She’s so glad she can give her daughter the energy she needs to practice each week by providing balanced meals.
As Temika prepares for the holidays, she’s thankful for friends like you who make this time of year so special. Every time she thinks about your generosity to her family, she says she feels overwhelmed with gratitude.
“Thank you for all that you do!” Temika says, grinning widely.
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