I once visited a family’s home in the small community of Allen on the Pine Ridge Reservation. As I sat at the table with my cup of coffee, the youngest member of the family awoke and joined us in the kitchen. The reality of the food shortage hit me that day as I watched with disbelief what Emily, 11 months old, was given for breakfast. On the kitchen table was a recycled bread bag that had a leftover biscuit in it. The cat had chewed a hole through the bag. The biscuit was hard as a rock. But that is all they had to feed Emily. To think about how this little girl would grow and develop without proper food and nutrition for her growing body broke my heart.
No one should feel the pangs of hunger.
Stories such as this are far too common on the reservations we serve, and for that reason One Nation has extended its annual food drive to continue throughout the month of May. From now until May 31, help ONWT collect 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food to help ensure that Native People do not go to bed hungry.
Some of our most needed food items include: canned meats, canned/dried fruits and vegetables, soups, sauces, juices, nuts, cereals, canned and powdered milk, rice, pasta, beans, canned meals, infant formula, and baby food.
Cash and check donations also accepted. Ninety-five cents of every dollar you donate directly supports the People we serve. You can also click here to donate by credit card. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 329-0251 for more information.
Your donation, whether big or small, will greatly improve the lives of these people not only physically, but also mentally by giving them a sense of hope and the knowledge that someone cares about them. Please join us in bringing food to those in need by dropping-off your non-perishable food at any of our five drop-off locations in Colorado Springs: