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More than 50 years ago, Leroy moved to the Twin Cities from New York to attend graduate school, where he studied chemical engineering. After he graduated, he got a job he really enjoyed and worked there for more than 30 years.

“I actually used to donate to United Way through my workplace,” Leroy said. “I contributed out of my paycheck every two weeks.”

Today, Leroy has been retired for about ten years—he’s 78 years old. He lives one block away from Hallie Q. Brown, a Greater Twin Cities United Way partner that offers a food shelf for area residents. Leroy visits the food shelf about once a week.

“It gets me out of the house, saves me money, and helps supplement my groceries,” he said.Hallie means a lot—not only to me, but to the community. For some, it is a matter of eating or starving.”

Leroy looks forward to coming to Hallie Q. Brown every week, and said he feels a sense of connection with his neighbors.

“They have something for everyone, and everyone is welcome. I can’t imagine a place like this not being here!”

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