Mar 3, 2015

FY15 Q2 Report

86-year-old Lyn is like many vulnerable seniors in our community living on a fixed income as living expenses climb. To help ensure she gets the food she needs to stay active and healthy, Lyn receives a variety of groceries each month – including fresh fruits and vegetables – through The Greater Boston Food Bank’s (GBFB) Brown Bag program, in partnership with Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury.

“I was born and raised in Lynn, the tenth of thirteen children. My father was a baker, and he always said he wanted ‘a baker’s dozen.’ I moved to Amesbury in 1972, and began living in my apartment with the Housing Authority about ten years ago.

My favorite item is a whole chicken, because then I can make my cacciatore. I have food in my freezer for the whole month, which is very good.

“I sort of fell into volunteering at the food distributions. I walked into the room and they needed help, so I started helping. It is a big operation, and we’re working hard from when the GBFB truck arrives with the food at 10:30 in the morning, when it gets unloaded and laid out, to around noon when we’re helping the final clients choose and bag their food items.

“Now, they have me at the sign-in table where I greet everyone and explain how things work. It’s fun! I’m the first one they see, so they know they better be good to me.”

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Dec 2, 2014

FY15 Q1 Report

Tina
Tina

Forty-four-year-old Tina is a disabled Air Force Veteran and client of the Fall River Veteran’s Center food pantry, which receives most of its food from The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). She is like so many in eastern Massachusetts who are struggling and can’t afford the food they need to avoid hunger and stay active and healthy.

“I was born and raised here in Fall River, and am a die-hard Bruins fan. Members of my family were in the military, and I wanted to serve. So, since I loved flying planes I entered the Air Force. That’s where I met my husband. We had two daughters, and lived all over. Life was challenging, but good.

“But, injuries forced me to stop working, and a few years back I went through a tough divorce. I needed help, and moved back to Fall River to be near my family. Now, I’m completely disabled, and it is very hard to make ends meet.

“When I reached out to the Veteran’s Association of Bristol County, I learned about their food pantry and other services. The groceries I get there every month, including fresh produce, really make a difference to my very tight food budget.

“I’ve also been able to give back by using my degree in programming to help with the Veteran’s Center computers. Lately, I’ve also been volunteering at the food pantry sorting, organizing and distributing food to local Veterans. We’re serving more than 160 men and women every month! It feels good to be around different people and to be helping others. Personally, I could never give back as much as these people have given me, and I would do anything for them. It’s therapeutic.

“You know, sometimes you give and you can’t see whether you actually help someone. But here at the Veteran’s pantry, you see how you’re helping. People are so happy when they pick-up their bag of groceries. It brings a smile to my face. I’m so grateful.”

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