Inside look: Clients at East Austin Service Center
August 27, 2009 § 2 Comments
Agency Relations Director
On Wednesday, we served 221 households/908 individuals at CAFB East Austin Service Center (EASC). The line was long, which gave me some time to talk with the clients waiting patiently to receive food. Here’s a glimpse into what some of our neighbors in Austin are experiencing:
- Linda relies on STS (Capital Metro’s Special Transit Service) to get to the food pantry. Due to limited service, she takes the 5:30 a.m. bus to come to the food pantry (which opens at 8 a.m.). She was given a cab voucher to get a ride home.
- Mary’s been looking for a job since February. She has one child and says she is thankful school started because her daughter gets free breakfast and lunch at school. When I asked how they made it through the summer with the extra food expense, she simply said they ate a lot of peanut butter and jelly.
- Juanita, a senior living on a fixed income, experienced a hard summer. Although she has no additional money coming in, she’s been helping her daughter financially who is on medical (maternity) leave. As of today, they have six diapers left with no money available until next month’s pension check. Juanita said her check is usually gone by the second week of the month.
- Jack walks three miles to get to the food pantry because he doesn’t have transportation. (Side note – you can call United Way’s First Call for Help (211) to find out which agencies offer bus vouchers.)
- Brenda’s a widow raising her 12, 9 and 3-year-old grandchildren, plus her 10-year-old daughter. She takes 10 city buses a day getting the children to-and-from school. The total cost for weekly transportation is $42. Brenda says she hopes the children will receive monthly student bus passes from CAFB Partner Agency, Communities in Schools .
Wow, what a day, and these are only five stories out of the 221 households served today.
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