One summer day in 2015, a dear friend of Dana Clearwood’s shared a pastry with her. Neither of them could afford it, and it was quite a treat. By this time, Dana had been disabled for seven years after a long, colorful career in nursing. “Most of those years I was in social isolation, unable to connect to my community or develop interests,” she shared.
Today Dana has been a St. Johns Food Share member for nearly six months and is dedicated to its success. She shops at the store twice a week.
Dana calculates her membership fee averages $7.50 per week. “I’ve seen just two cooler items on the shelves cover that cost,” she observes.
“My whole family eats a more balanced diet of produce, multi-grain breads, yogurt, and more. I’m also able to find gluten-free foods.”
“The requirement for some time giving back has become my joy. I have an interest now, a dedication to the success of St. Johns Food Share, and a community I care about and want to see as well fed as my family. This place and what they offer transformed my life in a multitude of ways, feeding my body and my heart.”