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Delivering Food to the At-Risk During COVID-19

Field Report by Lauryn Vickers

VIRGINIA — Stacie is no stranger to the feeling of isolation. While the nation navigates the uncharted waters of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, she has walked through this valley before in a devastating way.

Ten years ago, Stacie lost her husband. And not even two years later, she unexpectedly lost her healthy 26-year-old son from complications with a prescription. Stacie had to endure the fresh pain of widowhood while burying her only child.

Yet through it all, Stacie remained faithful to God. “You know, God heals the brokenhearted, and there’s joy in the morning,” she said. “He’s given me supernatural strength that only comes from Him.”

Delivering Food During Lockdown

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, Stacie sheltered in place with the rest of the country. And she believes the trials she has faced have prepared her for this time of uncertainty. Stacie avoided grocery stores as she falls in the at-risk age group category. Accessing food became an uphill battle.

Stacie from Virginia smiles, thankful for food delivered to her door.

But thanks to friends like you, Operation Blessing’s distribution partner, Outreach for Christ, has been working to serve those like Stacie who have fallen physically and financially vulnerable in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The director saw a need for delivering food right to the homes of many of their at-risk recipients, and she responded to that need.

Fighting Hunger in America During COVID-19 Quarantine

“We have a lot of people who are shut in their homes due to quarantine or weakened immune systems,” the director explained. “A lot of them don’t have their children to take care of them or bring them things, so if it weren’t for us, I don’t think anybody else would be doing it. I know it means a lot to them.”

Outreach for Christ delivered the groceries that YOU provided right to Stacie’s doorstep! As she walks through yet another troubling time, you are showing Stacie that she is not alone. And she is so grateful to our partners who make it all possible.

Stacie displays her groceries on her counter.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Stacie said, “not just for the food, but for coming alongside and letting people know, ‘You’re not alone, and you’re loved and valued.’ Anyone who donates to Operation Blessing is a part of that!”

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