This is a letter one of our clients wrote to us last summer:
“When I lost my job in the spring, we were forced to choose between paying our rent or buying food. I work in the non-profit sector, and for years have referred folks to food banks and free community meals. Working in the area of violence prevention and poverty reduction means that I don’t make a lot of money, and I certainly don’t have savings. When I lost my job, I found myself in a similar situation to many of the people I had helped support in the past.
Thankfully, that meant I knew about Parker Street Food Bank. I knew that I would be speaking with staff and volunteers who were respectful and non-judgmental. I knew that I would be able to bring home food that I could turn into a meal for my partner, my toddler, and myself. It literally meant that I would not be hungry that day.
I really appreciate that Parker Street Food Bank offers so much fresh, nutritious food. When I returned home with my bags of food after my last visit, I mashed up some ripe avocados to make guacamole, cleaned and froze a big container of blueberries, and chopped up tomatoes and green peppers. I spent a few hours preparing and preserving the food we were given, wanting to make sure that we would be able to eat as much of it as possible and that none would go to waste. That evening, we decided to have a picnic. I threw down a few blankets, opened up a container of pasta salad, and set out some of the veggies I had cleaned and chopped. Being able to sit outside with my family to enjoy a large, healthy dinner was a blessing.”
Food insecurity affects far too many of us. Parker Street Food Bank is a necessary service that helps fill the gaps for those of us living in poverty. I am lucky in that I have amazing family and friends that helped rally around us during this difficult time. But even with that support, without Parker Street, there would have been times when we simply had nothing to eat.”