Kelly is just like every other 20-something; working towards her bachelor’s degree in medical administration, while working a part-time job when she is not in class. Kelly has three children and a husband who is recently disabled after having heart surgery this past spring. She knows that hefty medical bills are coming.
Fortunately, the family receives $407 each month in food stamps. During the school year, this is enough to get her family through, but during the summer months when the kids are out of school and not receiving free breakfast and lunch, money gets tight.
When we met Kelly this past June, she was hopeful and bright-eyed, drinking a cup of free coffee that a volunteer at the pantry was passing out. She told us that this was her first time asking for help from a food pantry in nine months. She is grateful for the support she receives from the Wesley Center, a local community service agency and she told us how her children would be most excited for the apples she saw in the bags of others at the pantry that evening. Although Kelly is embarrassed to be asking for help, she knows that she is not alone.
Looking around the loud room it was hard to ignore the dozens of families, many with small children shyly hiding behind their mothers. Many of the mothers and fathers were still dressed in their clothes from a long day at work. We both noticed the large number of elderly, silently sitting, patiently waiting for their number to be called.
For the first time in the history of The Foodbank, many middle-class working families are turning to local food pantries for help in making ends meet each month. The summer months can be particularly difficult for many of these families as the parents work to ensure their children receive three square meals each day. You can help families like Kelly’s by donating to The Foodbank. Every dollar you give provides 4 meals!
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