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Wendy, Queens food pantry guest


"I've been coming to the food pantry here for about two years. I try not to come every month — just when it's really necessary. There's so much need in the neighborhood, the food really should to go to the people who are most in need.

"My sister and I both get food stamps, and she gets some WIC [Women, Infants and Children], but it's still hard to keep the fridge full by the end of the month. Her little boy just had his first birthday. My sister isn't working right now so I helped out a bit so she could have family over for a little party. If the pantry wasn't here to help out, my sister and I'd both be in a bad place right now.

"You know, if you don't really need this you wouldn't wait in line. The line always goes around the block, and people are here even when it rains. These people, a lot of them need to come every week. They really need this food."

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