My boyfriend and I both work. I work for a company that builds door frames, and he works in fast food. We make enough to pay our bills each month — gas, electric, mortgage, etc.; but after paying those, there's really not much more to go around. I might have $20, and that's not enough to feed our four kids. I discovered Love, INC, our local food pantry, when I moved into my current neighborhood. A neighbor recommended it, so I thought I'd give it a try. When I went for the first time, I was amazed at how easy it was, and how nice all the volunteers there were.
Now, I visit at least once a month, and pick up staples like cereal, yogurt and vegetables for my kids. My kids are growing, and they eat a lot. We can provide some food on our income, but not enough. I'm grateful we have this pantry in our community. It helps us provide the extra food our kids need to grow up strong.