Volatility in the markets and making ends meet at times can be difficult in the agricultural industry. Drew and his wife experienced this firsthand a few years ago. When the market dropped, so did their ranching business.
Drew and his wife have three children. His wife is a part-time music teacher and substitute teacher. Until 2014, Drew worked for another rancher until he decided to start his own ranch with the help of his wife. They were doing well for a time before business slowed and the family began to struggle. They maintain a large garden during the summer, which helps their food supply during the fall months. But when winter hits it tends to make it hard for the family to get the fresh fruits and vegetables they are used too.
The family began visiting the Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry when it stops in the area along with visiting their nearest local food pantry to help them get by.
Drew notices the health impacts on his children when they are have fresh fruits and vegetables.
“It’s hard to keep green on the table year-round,” he said.
The assistance they receive helps provide the fresh produce his family and others in rural communities need to fill in the gaps.