Food and Warmth Through the Winter
Kenneth and his dog Venus were off the grid: a cabin in the mountains, no heat, no electricity, and few visitors. The surroundings were difficult but mostly enjoyable for Ken. “At first, I didn’t want to leave,” Ken said. “It was hard living on the mountain, but I enjoyed it.”
The experience lost its novelty during the cold winters. At night, Venus would lay in the crook of Ken’s legs to attempt to retain some heat under blankets.
Ultimately a phone call got Ken and Venus out of the West Virginia cabin and to Central Ohio. “One day my brother called from Columbus and said you have to start thinking about your future,” Ken recalled. His brother urged him out of the cabin. “He told me, ‘You’re getting older and if you fall out there no one will be able to
Ken found a senior living facility in Grove City that allows pets (a firm requirement!) and set up meetings with a Food Assistance Coordinator from Mid-Ohio Foodbank a few times a month.
“I like to think Venus and I are pretty healthy, but it’s surprising how quickly the medical bills do add up,” Ken said. “New glasses, a couple prescriptions, and before I know it I’m choosing between my medicine and dinner.”
Food Assistance Coordinators from the Foodbank help navigate the myriad of assistance programs available to Foodbank customers like Kenneth. “Venus and I are very happy and comfortable here,” Ken said. “Being able to see someone every couple weeks from Mid-Ohio Foodbank to keep up with my benefits is so helpful.”
“Sometimes I miss that little cabin on the mountain, but with winter coming again, I look at Venus and I know we are both happy to be
somewhere warm and safe.”
Thanks to your support, families like Ken and Venus are living warm, safe, and comfortably!