Linda, Brooklyn food pantry guest
"This is the first food pantry I've ever come to. I lost my job about a year ago. I've been able to find occasional work, but I've been basically unemployed ever since.
"I found out what hunger is. It was humbling. I lost weight. And I really learned how to stretch a dollar. I'm recently divorced, so it's just been me trying to get by. My brother helps here and there with a small loan, but it's not easy for him either.
"I had food stamps for six months, but I lost that because I had too much income from unemployment. This food pantry is saving my life. I come here once a week to pick up what I need. They helped me file my taxes too.
"The good news is I've been hired! If I'm still eligible for tax assistance I'll come back next year, but soon I'll able to afford my groceries again. I'm picking up a donation envelope on my way out today. I'm really looking forward to that first paycheck."
We met Linda at the Reaching Out client-choice food pantry in Brooklyn, a Food Bank network member.