Shiprock families receive free food through program
Posted at: 07/31/2012 6:21 PM
By: Liz Lastra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Thousands of pounds of free food were handed out to hundreds of people on Tuesday in Shiprock.
When Roseann Hamby heard a semi truck full of rice, beans, and other food was going to be given away at a local Shiprock church, she went out.
“It's a blessing to hear that they want to help us Native Americans get food," she said.
The program is a nationwide initiative called "Restoring Love.” It was sponsored by radio host Glenn Beck.
Pastor Robert Tso said he heard about the program while he was at a conference in Washington D.C.
“We were informed that there was a shipment that wanted to be delivered to the Navajo reservation of food," he said.
Tso said he didn't realize how big of an issue hunger was until he started passing out fliers. “People were telling me ‘wow this is good timing because we're running out of food."
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and other tribal leaders went out to support the cause.
Shiprock was one of 11 places in the country picked to get the free food.
For the hundreds who came out--like Hamby--Tuesday's event will go a long way.
"We'll be pretty well fed. I can say that," Hamby said.