Real Story: Maria

September 17, 2009 § 1 Comment

mariaMaria, a widow and single mother of three, relies on food pantries for assistance. She works as a caretaker in the mornings, and cleans offices in the evenings. Most of her income goes toward paying the mortgage on her home and bills.

In order to provide enough food for her three children, Maria must visit multiple food pantries every month. “Sometimes we only have tostadas, beans and a little bit of cheese.”

After paying her bills, she only has about sixty dollars for all her other needs. “I can barely afford to buy clothes and shoes for my children.” Maria says she needs to continue using food pantries until her children are grown and can support themselves.

We asked Maria how she would feed her children if there weren’t any food pantries.
“I don’t know what I would do! It would be very difficult for me,” she said.

I just don’t know.”

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§ One Response to Real Story: Maria

  • Mary Villarreal says:

    I have known maria for the past 6 or 7 yrs.She is truly a very strong person.After loosing her husband at a very early age she has been a wonderful single mother to her 3 children. She is doing the best she can to care for her children on a limited income. She was very shy when she first started to frequent the FFFF events.but after meeting other people in her same situation she started feeling more comftorble about attending the FFFF sites ahe even makes sure that her neighbors have a ride by providing transportation.Way to go Maria.

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