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News and Updates from Executive Director Gary Garland
The winter of our discontent has ended! On March 20th, at least according to the calendar, spring had arrived. The coldest winter in 30 years, and one of the coldest in the last 140 years was done. How did you and your loved ones do? I took a break with my wife and kids in late February and we never saw the mercury get above 20 degrees! Here at the Pantry we had frozen pipes for 16 days and a leaky roof for just as long. But now our difficult winter maintenance problems have been solved, and things look brighter.
One of the joys which my job has provided to me for over 27 years is the constant reminder of how lucky I am. Leaky roofs, frozen pipes, wet socks, and delayed Metra trains are one thing. Not knowing where my next meal will come from or whether I skip a meal to pay rent are an entirely different set of worries…