"We're here to give back to the community and help families in need,” said Kristina Grossman of New Opportunities in Carroll County. “Everyone goes through difficult times, so whether it's putting food on their table or paying a utility bill in the winter, we're here to help get them back on their feet."
With locations in Audubon, Calhoun, Carroll, Dallas, Greene, Guthrie and Sac County, Family Development Centers provide a variety of services to income eligible individuals through New Opportunities.
"We have this food pantry which is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM," explained Kristina. "Right now we serve in upwards of 140 households per month, or 337 individuals. We receive donations frequently to better serve our families, but never meat. It's very, very hard to come by and also very expensive, so this donation is going to help us in the biggest way."
In addition to keeping well-stocked food pantries with a variety of items, including meat and fresh produce, New Opportunities offers a variety of other programs that benefit local communities including a head start program and collecting school supplies for children, putting together food baskets at Thanksgiving time, organizing a Toys for Tots drive and LIHEAP, an energy assistance program for the difficult winter months.
“We recently worked with a mother who just got out of a domestic violence situation and had 4 kids under age 10 to feed,” said Kristina. “Through our pantry, we were able to help feed their family for a month until the mother got back on her feet.”
Thanks to Kristina and the volunteers at New Opportunities in Carroll for helping our crew unload 1,300 pounds of pork for individuals and families in the county, but more importantly for the strides you're making against food insecurity in your community!