Meet Barbara

Barbara’s husband Matt was very sick and unable to work. Barbara was forced to stay home to care for Matt and their two children. Money was really tight. Each month she would be at the local utility office pleading with them not to turn off their water or electricity. “What’s the minimum I can pay to keep my water on?” she would ask. Barbara also went to the Food Bank for groceries just so she could feed her family.

Meet Susan

Susan is a single mom of two sweet little boys. Even though she worked full-time, it was never enough to stay on top of the rent and car payments. Though her family needed the groceries, she wasn’t able to use the Food Bank; they were only open in the afternoon and she couldn’t afford to take off work. Thank goodness the boys could get free lunch at their school, at least she knew they would get at least one good meal a day.

The Faces of the Wellington Food Bank

These are some of the faces and stories of the folks who use (or could use) the Wellington Food Bank. Their names and faces have been changed but truth be told, they represent so many other folks just like them. Most are unseen, in fact, if we saw them on the street, we would be surprised to learn that they needed a Food Bank.

The need for services to the Wellington community is increasing as the town and area grow. Currently, Wellington offers no social services programs other than a small volunteer food bank that is available only two afternoons a month. In the last two decades, as the town of Wellington has expanded, so has the importance of the Wellington Food Bank. Fifteen years ago, a dozen or so families would come to pick up food. Now the Food Bank averages 70 – 80 families receiving food each time it is open. During the holidays, over 180 families are served.

Grace Village, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has a vision to not only build a permanent home for the Wellington Food Bank with expanded hours and a greater variety of food but also a community services center – The Community Services Center of Wellington (CSC).

The purpose of the CSC is the gathering of non-profits in the same building to open doors of opportunity to our community’s most vulnerable. The needs of the community can be met in a “one-stop” facility where families and individuals can receive all the services they need. Clients can access food, clothing, rental and housing assistance, employment services, mental health assistance, education/tutoring, senior assistance and other basic needs with a goal of independence. The CSC will also be a place for people of all ages from the community to volunteer and find meaningful ways to care for their neighbors. Their goal is to provide a hand-up to our neighbors.