The volunteers and staff are friendly and helpful and have made me feel welcome even when I've felt guilty for being a regular relying on charity. In the past few years, since the food pantry switched to a Choice Pantry and began working with the FreeStore FoodBank and Northside Farmer's Market to provide more fresh produce, I've noticed a pronounced improvement over the nutritive value of the meals I can make from the ingredients I've obtained there.
There was one instance in which CAIN enlisted me as a helper when they paid to have some renovation done and I've volunteered at times when I've been able to. I'm afraid I've allowed myself to become something of a hermit in recent years, but CAIN has kept the plight of the unemployed and poorly-paid visible by being located on Northside's main drag, Hamilton Avenue, next to the big old Presbyterian Church where community events are often held and across from the Public Library. While I remain hopeful that I'll be able to work my way back to self-sufficiency and I intend to, if I manage to achieve this accomplishment, I will owe CAIN the wherewithal to survive when I was unable to provide food for myself and an example of people who persevere in service to others with patience and kindness year after year.