Our Daily Bread Is Now Serving 5,000 Families Per Month
Kathy, Why do you do this?
Because I thought it would be something they could use that was not something they normally wouldn’t get in their grocery bags
Peggy, Why do you do this?
For me it started with the COVID lock down and asking myself what am I going to do with all my time… I joined a knitting group and met up with a woman in New Zealand on Facebook who was asking herself the same thing… This an idea we came up with because we both had a large collection of yarn that could be used…. I started knitting when I was 8 and have taught knitting for many years… My 1st project and teaching project is a dishcloth…..
I wanted to do something I could donate to a women’s shelter or food pantry so I got my needles and yarn out and started knitting….
When the amenities opened back up I mentioned to Kathy and what I was going to do with the dishcloths and she wanted to also become involved, did not know who we were going to donate to till Marta Viera came on the scene and said she volunteered for Our Daily Bread so it was decided that would be the group they would go to…. It started as an idea that evolved into a project of love with goods friends just wanting to do something nice for others.
I personally have gotten so much joy from being able to do something a little different for a food pantry that I hope will just put a smile on someone’s face if just for a moment…
“Every Stitch is Made with LOVE”
Today, while delivering to Mary, I asked “Mary, what’s your story?” and here goes:
I’ve live in Naples for 60 years. I married and we moved to this neighborhood. I was a hairdresser and then became a first grade substitute teacher. At the age of 55 I had my first stroke and have since survived 4 more. I’ve been left paralyzed on my right side and I can’t drive. When the Doctors comment on 5 strokes, Mary’s response is “Yep, God don’t want me yet” I became widowed 5 years ago and then diagnosed with diabetes. I am now on dialysis 3 times a week. The type of wheel chair I have requires me to pay for private transportation to and from dialysis.
Although Mary’s son lives with her to oversee her caregiving, he just started working a lot of hours and cannot get to the grocery store on a regular basis.
The food delivered by-weekly to Mary helps to supplement her expenses as the bills keep rolling in.
When I asked ‘anything we can add or change to your delivery?’ Mary’s response was “no honey it’s all just fine. We use a lot of eggs and milk.”
In closing Mary’s comment was “It could be a lot worse”
What a positive Lady Mary Martin is!
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
The needs are evident and Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is
working to wipe out hunger.
Since then, we have grown our services to include a Saturday drive-through food pantry on Winterberry Drive, 15 mobile outreaches, a monthly Senior luncheon (Lunch with Friends) in partnership with the YMCA of Collier County, a Backpack Program for Manatee Elementary and Middle School as well as Macro Island Charter Middle School and a weekly Breakfast program for Marco Island Charter Middle School. Not to mention other strategic partnerships to provide for needs beyond nourishment.
In 2022 we are fundraising to expand to a second location and continue to provide critical food assistance to the over 152,000 individuals we served in 2021.