November 3, 2023
A place to access food – and hope
Kathleen and Roger* were overwhelmed when they came to WayForward for assistance.
Both in their 80s, the couple faced thousands of dollars in medical bills from Roger’s cancer treatment denied by their insurance plan.
Their WayForward case manager referred them to a patient advocate to assist with navigating their health insurance appeals, offering Kathleen some much-needed hope. She also connected them to the Aging and Disability Resource Center to learn more about potential eligibility for public benefits.
Kathleen was relieved to get some help and to learn from her WayForward case manager that they could use the food pantry to make ends meet and access nutritious food when Roger needs it most.
“I went last week and it was wonderful,” she told her case manager. “We got four apples and my husband ate one every day.”
WayForward’s food pantry is open to all Dane County residents who need it and the number of visits has risen 237% since January 2022.
*names and identifying details changed