Annual food drive goes full throttle

Meg Lane/Feature Editor

Hunger doesn’t discriminate, and one CFHS teacher especially knows this.

Science teacher Marcey Hand and her family had the experience of knowing what it means to be the ones in need a few years ago when Hand’s husband blacked out at home, causing him to fall down the family’s basement stairs.

After trips to the ER and the University of Iowa hospital’s Neural Unit, Mr. Hand was left out of work for several months.

Which ultimately, Marcey said, “Put a strain on our family financially, both from the extra medical expenses or the day-to-day expenses, especially since we had three children at the time.”

So she did what anyone would do, she asked for help.

Friends and families both provided her family with extra food and support while her husband recovered.

“It meant everything to have friends and family there to support and help us out.

We are not the type of people who find it easy to ask for help in times of need.

Most of us work hard for what we have and want to be able to provide for our families, but sometimes life challenges us in ways we never thought possible,” Hand said.

“Thank God our lives are filled with many selfless people who are willing to sacrifice their time and resources to help us out.”

This is why the annual food drive means so much to Hand.

Even though her family did not have to rely on the food bank during their troubled times, Hand knows many families that do need its services to make it.

“We know families who rely on the Food Bank regularly for food.

Without it, they would go hungry and so would their children.

Many of us take the food we eat each day for granted.

Imagine a situation where the only way you have food on the table is if you get it from someone else, and what if there isn’t someone there to give you food?

It is sad that there are people who only think of themselves or think someone else will take care of the people in need, why should I have too,” Hand said.

But Hand said there are some facts we need to face.

“The truth is that it’s often the little things in life that make the biggest differences, so whether it’s making sure those families don’t go hungry or even knowing that you helped out one of our own because there are students here who are using the food bank, that’s all that matters.

Every single pound brought in matters,” Hand said.

“That’s how places like the Food Bank are able to provide to families in need.

Small, selfless acts of kindness make everything possible.”

Class of 2014

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