"It’s a terrible feeling as a mom but it’s a reality. Do you get the medicine? Do you get the fresh food? Do you get the shoes, or do you send them to school in November with sandals?"
Brittany wants to give her children everything, but she couldn’t always afford the healthiest food. When the Utah food bank brought fresh produce and dairy to her neighborhood, it helped her family get back on their feet.
"A little girl handed me her report card and she told me ‘my grades are now better because I get breakfast every morning from the food pantry’ and it broke my heart."
Lamont’s life took an unexpected turn when an on-the-job injury left him unemployed and relying on the food pantry to help feed his children. Now, he helps other families get back on their feet as the director of the same food pantry.
"In the summer, I go to the lunch program to get free lunch ... it's really fun and you can make a lot of friends there. If I didn't have the lunch program, I'd probably be really, really sad."
Zoey's mom works from home, but sometimes it's still a struggle to make ends meet. So Zoey goes to her local food bank's summer lunch program where she can get free lunch — giving her the chance to be happy, healthy and just be a kid.
"I'm honestly just seeking help, not a free a ride for the rest of my life. Just help."
Pricilla, a Navy veteran, can't afford childcare, and so she takes care of her daughters on her own — which keeps her from working full-time. Her local food pantry helps put food on the table and provides hope for her daughters' futures.
"The food bank has been a lifesaver. It's turned a situation that could've become hopeless and living in despair to where we can feed our son, we can feed our family, and we can hold our heads up high."
Victoria and Steven moved their family to take care of an aging parent — but to do it, they spent their savings and suddenly found themselves starting over. But thanks to their local food pantry, they were given the support to create a new life for themselves and their son.