My husband, David, worked in the transportation industry for years. He had a great job; I was able to stay home and take care of our three children, and we had annual passes to SeaWorld and Disneyland. If we wanted to go out to eat, our family went out to eat.
But then the economic crisis took its toll. David was laid off. That was three years ago. He’s been employed on and off since then, but it’s been a challenge for him to find steady, stable work – and for me to find work as well. We have cut everything down to the bare minimum – and sometimes we just aren’t able to pay our bills on time. It’s definitely stressful.
We first found out about the food pantry while I was volunteering at my children’s school. I had never ever heard of a food pantry before – nevertheless been to one. But we began volunteering at the pantry and also taking food home to feed our children. We get fresh fruits and vegetables that would be very hard to afford otherwise, and are critical to giving my children the energy they need to continue to do positive things like play sports and succeed in school.
After David was laid off and it became clear finding work wouldn’t be easy, we made the decision that I would go back to school. We wanted to be able to provide for our kids without worry, and I knew that by furthering my education would give us a better opportunity to do that. I graduated just couple of months ago and am looking for work. I know that soon our family will be out of this tough time, but I will always be grateful that the food pantry provided us with extra help when we needed it most.