Real Story: Maria
September 17, 2009 § 1 Comment
Maria, 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.”