We Care of the Four States provides everyday food and household items to those in need. The organization located at 6879 East Newman Road is set up like a grocery store, allowing shoppers to pick what items they want and need, as opposed to some other charitable organizations that give pre-made baskets of food.
“It’s absolutely free. We’re here to have that service to help people, in four states. Everybody needs help sometimes,” said Becky Crane, We Care volunteer.
People are allowed to shop up to six times a year, possibly more depending on the situation.
“We’re just so glad that we, to have a place like this that they can come supplement their income. I mean, you know, they don’t have enough income, so they can supplement with more food, you know, and so that’s very important,” said Eleanor Mann, We Care volunteer.
The facility is staffed by volunteers like Eleanor Mann, who has been with We Care for roughly six years.
“I’m glad that I can offer my time and my energy to help other people,” said Mann.
The organization is looking for more people to help shoppers and stock items on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“We always need volunteers and always need funding. And we used to have a lot more funding during tornado season, but after that, it has slowly died off because people don’t think of it as a need that’s still out there,” said Crane.
Last year, We Care had nearly 1,800 appointments and gave out nearly 435,000 pounds of food. They solely operate on donations, so if anyone is interested in helping out, they can find more information by clicking here.