Life-changing help for those like Linda
In 2013, Linda received the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear – terminal cancer.
She was told to get her affairs in order and she took an early retirement from a career that included many years of work with various community organizations in Winnipeg. Although she was fearing the worst, Linda was able to beat back the terminal cancer diagnosis. Although she continues to have many health challenges and continues to receive cancer treatment, Linda is able to live on her own – with her dog Maggi,e of course!
Linda has always thought of herself as a thrifty person. She raised four children on her own in St. James and knows the value of a dollar. Linda was never someone who thought she would ever need to get support from an organization like Harvest – until now.
Linda overcame the biggest battle of her life in the fight against endometrial cancer, but the experience has taken a tremendous toll on her health and financial independence. This year’s pharmacare deductible for her cancer medicine is also a big hit to the grocery budget.
The pace of inflation over the past year has made it even harder.
“I have $150 to spend on my monthly groceries”, said Linda. “I used to be able to get one meat item like chicken, lately my protein has been chicken wieners.”
Harvest Manitoba is there for thousands of people just like Linda all over our province who can’t make ends meet with rising prices for food and other necessities. By signing up for a Harvest hamper at a local food bank, people like Linda can stretch their small budget further to make it to the end of the month. Although Linda knew that Harvest was there for people in need, she was still reluctant to make the call for help.
“There are always people worse off than me,” Linda said. “But for anyone who is struggling to pay for healthy food, please know that you are worth it. Don’t be afraid to ask Harvest for help.”
There are thousands of stories from people just like Linda. Your gift helps to support our food hamper program so that seniors can live independently and with dignity in their golden years.
For more information on Harvest Manitoba and its programs, visit www.harvestmanitoba.ca
Harvest Manitoba is a not-for-profit, community based organization. Our goals are to collect and share surplus food with people who are hungry and to offer training opportunities to help people step up and out of poverty. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for food banks in our community. Find out more at www.harvestmanitoba.ca