The food industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. This initiative is helping workers get back on their feet.
Shkoryah Carthen has spent half of her life working in the service industry. While the 32-year old restaurant worker quickly sensed that Covid-19 would bring real change to her daily life, Carthen hardly knew just how strongly it would impact her livelihood.
"The biggest challenge for me during this time, honestly is just to stay afloat," Carthen said.
Upon learning the Dallas restaurant she worked for would close indefinitely, Carthen feared its doors may never reopen.
Soon after, Carthen learned that The Wilkinson Center was desperately looking for workers to create and distribute meals for those in need in their community. The next day, Carthen was at the food pantry restocking shelves and creating relief boxes filled with essentials like canned foods, baby formula and cleaning products. In addition to feeding families throughout the area, this work ensured Carthen the opportunity to provide food for her own.