James, food pantry guest
"I work professionally as a seasonal tax preparer. I've also volunteered with the Food Bank to help people with their taxes. Because of that I got on the Food Bank's email list, and that's how I heard about the food pantry. Even now that I finally found work outside of tax season, it's still hard to afford food.
"I like that you get to choose what you want here. There are so many options. I’m not a great cook, so I like the canned goods and the dry grains. They last a long time and are pretty easy to prepare. Sometimes I bring some of the food to my mom and sisters. They’re much better cooks than I am, and they really like the fresh produce.
"I live twenty blocks away — I've lived here my whole life. It's a bit of a trip to come here but it's worth it. I've been coming for several months and I get meals at the soup kitchen upstairs sometimes too.
"I am very grateful that this resource is available and still open. It isn't a hassle to get help, and that's nice. I'm thankful and appreciative that our community has it."