At the food pantry the other night, I overheard an elderly woman and her young granddaughter at the check-in table. The non-English-speaking grandmother was trying to explain something to the volunteer handling check-in, but the volunteer couldn’t tell if the grandmother was there to get groceries for just herself or for the granddaughter’s family. (Since groceries are allocated based on family size, and the granddaughter’s name was in the system as part of a large family, this was a relevant question.) Finally the young granddaughter piped up in English: “My mommy has 2 babies, and one of them is sick, so she can’t come get groceries.”
Well then — family-size grocery allotment it is!
But all I could think was, some kids go home from kindergarten or first grade, and their only responsibility is to help set the table for dinner. This little girl came home from kindergarten or first grade, then spent her evening going to the food pantry with grandma and explaining her family’s situation to a stranger, so that her family could have something on the table for dinner.