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Request for help answered overwhelmingly
When Kurt and Corinna Bench, owners of Shared Legacy Farms, needed help assisting a family of migrant workers they found an abundance of it among the members of their Community Supported Agriculture network of customers.

Kurt had received a desperate call from Lucero Medina. On their way from Florida to the Shared Legacy Farms in Elmore for the summer’s work, Lucero, her parents, and her 2-year-old son, Aaron, had become stranded on an interstate highway near Atlanta, Georgia when their truck caught fire.

“What do we do?” Kurt asked. “We need to help them and we need them here. I have no plan B.”

Corinna texted the farm’s CSA members, asking for donations.

“Kurt and I planned to drive to Atlanta ourselves in a marathon convoy to pick them up from downtown Atlanta,” Corinna said, asking members to text her if they could help.

The response has been overwhelming. The family is safe in Elmore at the Bench’s farm. Food for Thought donated enough food to help the family for days. Nearly 20 people have contacted Corinna and Kurt with offers to donate food, gift cards or personal items.

Others have offered to send money to help with the costs of the U-Haul rental and truck repairs and one person has offered to let the family use a personal vehicle while the family’s truck is being repaired.

Jon Pietrowksi, the truck driver, was instrumental in the rescue mission and offered guidance on selecting the correct hitch and trailer. He also insisted on paying for the fuel for the overnight trip to Atlanta.

“There is no way I can fully describe the surreal experience it has been for me to watch this unfold in ways I had never anticipated,” Corinna emailed to CSA members. “I had hoped to raise some food donations and Meijer gift cards to help offset their lack of funds for the first few weeks. Never would I have imagined that all the other needs would have been met – and not just a ‘little bit met’ – met in superlative creative ways.”



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