It had been six months since her daughter suffered a serious accident when Norma Voltz visited a stop of the Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry in Dodge. It was the first time the 86-year-old had visited a food distribution. The family had always been able to make it by. At least until that day six months ago.
While performing work near her home, Norma’s daughter fell from a ladder and broke her femur, wrist and multiple ribs. The recovery has been difficult and the rehab exhaustive. That is not to mention the strain it has placed on the close-knit family.
Norma relies on just her Social Security payment each month to get by. There are times when it becomes difficult to make it to the end of each month and the family relies on one another for help.
Norma cooks meals for her brothers, who are homebound. One of her brothers has suffered loss of both sight and hearing. She feeds him each day with occasional help from social services.
Life became more difficult when her daughter suffered her accident. She recently heard on the news about the Mobile Food Pantry coming to Dodge and thought it would be an incredible asset for the family. Norma attended that day to pick up food for her brothers and daughters.
“We are hoping to get enough food for the next couple of weeks,” she says.
For Norma, family is everything and she enjoys spending time with her brothers along with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Mobile Food Pantry has helped keep the family together.