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Not just an orange, an opportunity

Not just an orange, an opportunity
April 21, 2018 Client StoriesCollaborationsFood PantryHousing Assistance

Both Amira and Ayden worked. The pay wasn’t great for either of them, but they managed. They lived in a small but tidy apartment with their daughter and paid all their bills on time. Then a medical setback threw a wrench in everything. Amira had to take unpaid medical leave and they soon fell behind on rent.

Unsure what to do, the couple turned to MOM. “From the first time I walked in the door, I felt safe,” Amira said. “My religion and my appearance are different than many other people’s. But nobody looked at me funny or second guessed me because of that.” The family received a small one-time payment to help with rent and got access to the food pantry. They were impressed by the supply of fresh oranges, melons and squash—appreciating that they could access healthy foods.

With this little bit of help, the family was able to get through this difficult time. Amira is now back at work and the family is doing well. “MOM was really there when we needed them,” Amira said. “They are open and accepting, giving anyone who lives in the area the opportunity to use their food and other resources—and turn their lives around.”

Your support helps families in west Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains like Ayden and Amira’s get nutritious food such as fresh, juicy oranges. Even more importantly, it offers opportunities for all to get a new start.

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