The coronavirus pandemic exacerbated what was already a difficult situation for Trina Turner. Since the death of an adult son in 2019, the Golf Manor resident has helped care for his children, one of whom was diagnosed with COVID-19.
“It has been really rough for us to make ends meet and to make sure everybody has what they need,” said Trina, a 59-year-old grandmother of 10. She typically cooks a Thanksgiving meal for them, but this year it appeared she wouldn’t be able to afford it. Then a friend told her about a United Way gift card giveaway, held Nov. 21 in partnership with the Cincinnati Police Department’s “Shop with a Cop” program, Kroger, and Legacy Pointe Church. Each family received a $50 Kroger gift card.
“It was such a blessing to know we were getting a little extra help,” Trina said. And with that help, she and her daughter prepared meals and delivered plates of food to about a dozen family members as well as several friends with disabilities. By necessity, portions were small. But Trina noted, “As long as we know the kids are OK, as long as they eat and they’re happy, then we’re OK.”
The pandemic continues to strain the ability of families to meet basic needs. Food insecurity is a constant for many. United Way of Greater Cincinnati is helping ensure that basic needs are met for young and old alike.