In April 2019, Open Your Heart awarded the Tracy Food Shelf with funding to purchase a commercial freezer to accept frozen meat donations as they become available. Highlighting the impact that it’s already had on the food shelf and its clients, a Tracy Food Shelf staff member stated:
“We’ve already been able to accept more meat when it becomes available because of this 2-door glass door freezer that we received from Open Your Heart! Having the clear glass window is wonderful so clients can see the options as they shop with out having to open a bunch of smaller freezer to look and easier for volunteers as well!
We’ve heard comments from clients that have been in since we’ve set it up. It’s like they feel more special because it looks so great filled with meat, instead of some smaller freezers where they can’t see anything. I think it makes them feel like they are in a grocery store shopping, and that’s more of an uplifting feeling for them. Thank you so much!!”