I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
For many, many years, my husband and I have been volunteers for the Share food distribution in the area - first in West Allis and then Greenfield. We met some great people along the way and enjoyed great food at prices much less than what we paid in the grocery stores. We rarely had to purchase meats, fruits or vegetables from the grocery stores.
Yesterday, May 19th was the last distribution of Share products. The program is ending.
Whenever we would mention the Share program to friends and family and that we had been part of it for years, we got the same answer - Why? Isn't that for "poor" people. Share was for anyone who wanted to partake and who was willing to put in volunteer time - whether it be for Share or some other organization. Many people did not even volunteer but just paid for the food and picked it up once per month at their local pick up location. It certainly helped us get through the time when my husband was laid off for nearly two years.
I don't like the word "poor". When I was young and my father and mother divorced, my mother and I were "poor"...., which meant we did not have a lot of money to spare. We got by, we ate, we paid our rent and we had clothes on our backs. Meatless meals, second hand clothes, hand me downs and help from friends and relatives got us through. "Poor" is in the eyes of the beholder.
I don't care if you make $500,000 per year; Share was a "deal" and a great way to meet and become friends with others. It made perfect sense, especially for people with one income and large families. It saved a little on the monthly grocery bills. The program was made up a mostly volunteers.
Today, Share was competing with Aldi, Walmart, etc. If more people were aware of and realized the potential of Share, perhaps they would have been able to continue the program. I don't know. I do know I will miss it and will "seek out" other alternatives.
All good things must end sooner or later; however, there are always other opportunties waiting to be discovered.