Since early April, the organization has been working closer than ever with the Beavercreek school district to make sure no students are skipped or left without enough food as families try to navigate the pandemic. As a non-government organization, Fulcher said Feed the Creek is better able to help families who would not typically qualify for other assistance programs.
The nonprofit assists many families in Beavercreek where grandparents or even great grandparents are the primary caretakers. Situations like this usually related to the opioid epidemic, Fulcher said. Some of these older relatives do not qualify for some other assistance.
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“If you could live in some of these people’s lives, you would feel totally different,” Fulcher said. “We have come a long way (since 2010).”
Through all of the bad COVID-19 brought with it, Fulcher said it has also brought some positives, as well a little needed humility.
“(The pandemic) has made communities more aware of the fact that we are just as vulnerable as anybody else,” Fulcher said. “Some families who had no needs necessarily and to all of a sudden realize they lost their job over something like this — to realize how quickly life can change and you’re in the same boat as anybody else.”
The lesson Fulcher started to learn back in 2010 has been made clearer, first, Fulcher said, by the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes and now the virus.
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“So, even though there has been so much negative, there’s been a lot of positive for people to realize that we can’t do life alone,” Fulcher said. “To see some of that pride that was there be able to be softened … and just watch them pull together — it’s amazing to me.”
To donate, learn about volunteering or help connect someone who might be struggling with hunger, visit Feed the Creek's website at https://feedthecreek.org/.
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