If only the pandemic repercussions had ended, and the economy had returned to a stable position. Instead, families are left struggling to keep up with record-high inflation.
After two years of sustained need, attendance in SHIM programs has not waned. While we work hard to feed families, nurture children, and empower neighbors to thrive, the difficult economic climate is making self-sufficiency a challenge for many. Even as the unemployment rate has recovered, inflation has outpaced wage growth, leaving many South Hills residents teetering on the brink of poverty.
As we look toward the coming year, and unpredictability becomes the new normal, we are preparing to serve the almost 3,000 people currently benefiting from our food pantries each month. We continue to provide utility and rental assistance resources, working to keep as many people in their homes with their utilities turned on as possible. Without pandemic-related emergency relief programs, more neighbors are facing eviction and losing their homes. As a potential recession looms, we are preparing to serve even more neighbors in the next year.
Luckily, thanks in part to the incredible generosity of South Hills neighbors like you, SHIM is in a position to help the large number of neighbors in need and has kept its doors open without a lapse in programs. We rely on your sustained support. We are grateful for the dedication of South Hills neighbors like you who power our programs. Thank you for helping to make the South Hills a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive!
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