We are writing today to ask for your help. For the past 7 years, the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) has provided the only local food pantry to our neighbors in need. In order for LEAF to make this food available, 500–1000 pounds of food must be transported each week from the Community Food Share warehouse in Louisville (60 miles round-trip). Currently, LEAF does not have its own vehicle and has been using a van provided by a volunteer. However, that vehicle is getting older and is no longer reliable.
LEAF is unique in that it is the only organization in the greater Lyons area that directly serves the basic and emergency needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. We accomplish this through the weekly food pantry, flood recovery and advocacy programs, and financial assistance for childcare, groceries, utilities, transportation, medical, and rental or mortgage expenses. One client said, “the pantry makes me feel extra special, and I am really blessed to know these people!”
Since the flood, LEAF has been feeding 5-10% of the Town’s population. Because we are a small community, everyone’s help is needed to address the struggle with hunger and disaster recovery. LEAF recently received a $15,000 grant towards the purchase of a vehicle from the Lyons Community Foundation (thank you!)
We are now asking for your help in raising a $15,000 match, for a total of $30,000. This will cover the cost of a suitable conversion van, as well as insurance and maintenance for weekly food deliveries and future community transportation needs.
Please consider donating to LEAF now. Your support, no matter the size, will help LEAF to match the LCF grant and buy this van so that we can continue to support and feed our local Lyons neighbors. To donate now, please click here.
With gratitude for your generosity,
The LEAF board of directors and volunteers