Today, I ran across an article in the New York Times about an uptick in visits to food pantries. One of the main focuses was the fact that many people are ashamed to ask for help—as the crisis is affecting everyone, people who wouldn’t normally find themselves at a food pantry are suddenly there just in order to survive.
The Midwest is a proud place, with a lot of proud people. If you never thought you’d be in need of assistance, it’s that much more difficult to seek help. But help is out there, and the economy is affecting people of every race, class, socioeconomic status, and education level. Though it’s hard to ask for help, that’s the first step. We have trusted, confidential resources that can help you make a plan to get through this tough time. Call United Way’s 2-1-1 referral service at 1-800-427-4626 or visit their website at www.211missouri.org to get connected to trusted resources.
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