Hi, my name is Gina, and I would like to tell you how important the Food Bank has been in my life. It was only five short years ago when I had left a domestic abusive marriage with my two sons. I will never forget when I went to the Housing Authority and was told what my monthly rent would be with assistance. I was working two jobs but knew that it would take every bit of help I could get to make the move work. I was scared, but I knew that we could make it on an extremely tight budget because for years we had been surviving on very little.
The first day in our new apartment brought such peace, and the Food Bank played a huge part in this sense of relief that we were experiencing. I took my boys and drove to the Food Bank, and we were offered assistance with a smile on the face of each person that we encountered. We only had to use the program once, but I knew that if we ever needed help again, they would be there for us. We were blessed by the goodness of family and friends many times but this was such an important day to receive the kindness of wonderful people whom we had never met.
The program made such an impact on our family that I volunteer at the Food Bank whenever possible. At Christmas, I brought my youngest son with me to help sort food, and I found out that the kindness received also made an impact on him. The moment we pulled up he remarked how he remembered coming to the warehouse and getting food to bring to the apartment.
The Food Bank has many programs that also assist our area seniors and children. I want to ask anyone who is reading this to understand how important it is to do all you can do to help. You can volunteer as an individual, family and organization or you can donate any amount of money or food items. All of these things will help the Food Bank help people who are in need. Please consider helping the Food Bank because you never know when you or someone you know may need them and I can guarantee that they will be there with a smile on their face.