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John, domestic violence shelter guest


"John, along with his mother and younger brother, were victims of mental, emotional and physical abuse. Fortunately, they found the courage to leave and come here.

"Before they came here, John had to leave his school and his mother had to leave her job because of the abuse, and money was scarce. John's mother has had a real hard time trying to make her money stretch so that the kids can have enough to eat. She's told me that our Open Market BackPack Program has been a real lifesaver for her children — it feels so great that our services can make such a difference. Being able to shop for themselves makes the kids feel responsible. John's a real sweet kid. It's obvious he feels that he's helping his family and feels real good about it.

"John's mother said that he never wants to miss an opportunity to participate in the program. She always makes a point to show how thankful and appreciative she is by returning the tote bags neatly folded so they can be used again."

Told by a staff member of a domestic violence shelter that is part of the Food Bank's food assistance network.

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