Victoria and Steven had everything they needed before they moved to take care of Victoria’s ailing mother and aunt. They left their 3 bedroom house, Steven’s job and moved their three-year old son seven hours away because her mother needed them. As Steven looks for a job and Victoria cares for her mother, they use the food pantry to get by.
“For the longest time, my family lived in Lubbock, Texas – a town about seven hours north of here. We were secure there. We had a three bedroom house, a big yard and my husband had a well-paying job that was more than enough to provide for our three-year-old son. About four months ago however, we had to give it all up and move south to take care of my mother and aunt. My mother is getting older and suffers from Parkinson’s, and my aunt has disabilities that require her to use an oxygen tank and limit her mobility. They need us here to reliably make their meals, drive them to doctors’ appointments and make sure they take their medication – among other tasks.
For us, family comes first. We were happy to sacrifice our lives to take care of two women who raised me, but it hasn’t been easy. My husband had to leave his job and is struggling to find a new one. We spent our savings on the move, and we now have five mouths to feed instead of three. My mother and aunt’s fixed incomes don’t go very far. At one point, we needed food and all we had was five dollars. That’s when we turned to the food pantry for help.
The food pantry has been a lifesaver. By giving us nutritious staples to get through the month, it’s turned a situation that could have been one of hopelessness and despair into a hopeful one – where we can feed our family and hold our heads up high through difficult, but temporary, time.
I know there is hope for the future. I only have to look at energy and optimism of my son to see that. Soon my husband will find work and we’ll be in a better place than we were before the move – better, because not only will we be financially stable but we’ll also be here for my mother and aunt when they need us most. Until then, the food pantry is getting us through. They are giving us food and also hope by showing us that we’re not in this alone. There are people out there to help; there are people out there who care.”
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