Bobbie, Auburn

At the food pantry where I have volunteered for many years, I focus on helping people select fresh produce.  Good nutrition makes such a difference in enhancing good health and is especially important for people whose limited incomes make it difficult to afford healthy food.  As the economy has worsened, I have noticed that people who are coming in for assistance are really interested in basic foods. – Bobbie, Auburn

Makeba, Auburn

“I cannot find steady work and have been out of work for some time.  My three little girls, including a six month baby, depend on me.   A long-time friend told me about this food distribution program and that is how I knew about where to get help.  Sometimes I don’t have enough food to feed my family and without this help, I don’t know how I would manage.” Alabama’s 11% unemployment rate is one of the highest among the states and many people are finding it difficult to make ends meet. – Makeba, Auburn

Wendy, Opelika

Wendy says there was a ten year period where her family was doing well—until her husband had a massive heart attack.  She says her family’s biggest mistake was failing to plan for such hard times and they did not save.  Now their family of three depends on a monthly income of $1,000 in disability pay supplemented with food stamps.  “We often find ourselves begging for food while going hungry,” she says. – Wendy, Opelika

John & Beverly, Opelika

John and Beverly’s lives have been far from easy.  From expensive doctors’ bills, loss of insurance and drawing a small income from social security, it is sometimes difficult for them to put food on their table.  Without medical insurance, a prescription refill often forces them to go without other things for a while.  “We feel blessed to get to come to this pantry,” Beverly said. This loving couple, married for 46 years, says they are thankful to be able to pick from fully stocked shelves of groceries that fit into their diets.   “We aren’t picky, by any means, but I feel like a normal human being able to grocery shop when I come here.”
– John & Beverly, Opelika

Queen Queen, Auburn

Raising five grandchildren and taking care of two grown children may seem like a daunting task, but Queen does it every day in a small house of four bedrooms.  She has had custody of her grandchildren since they were born and also is the caretaker for two grown children who were disabled by brain aneurisms.  With health problems of her own, Queen manages to be the leader of her family.  But it’s hard to provide for her family with limited income from her deceased husband. “My five grandchildren eat a lot.  A jar of peanut butter goes in a flash!”  After paying rent and utility bills, there is little left for food. – Queen, Auburn