Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain

*Story from a senior mobile pantry shopper.*

[The mobile pantry] does a lot for us. For one my wife and I are on fixed incomes and don’t have a lot of money. I had to retire because of heart condition. Without this food we would be struggling really bad. We are able to go from month to month with this food and we just make it. Now with Gleaners we don’t worry about eating, we can eat now and have enough for all six of us.

Bread and cereal [are great] because it's so expensive in the store. One can of green beans is almost $1 now at the store and we can’t afford it. The kids love the cookies, but wife and I don’t because we’re diabetic. We sometimes get diabetic stuff here. The meat, me, my grandson and granddaughter, between the 3 of us, we could eat for 6 people. But like I said, we use almost everything. Some things we never knew what they were. When we see something new up there, we will try it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

We eat a lot of potatoes, we love potatoes, [my wife] makes a regular potato with fried chicken. We use canned goods a lot, 2-3 cans every night. We need it more than anything, we wouldn’t be here. I’ve always worked all my life, but when I suffered a heart attack I couldn’t walk no more. Those who give, they’re a real blessing to people.