If you’ve ever been in a position where life’s obstacles are just too big to face alone, then you know: asking for help isn’t easy. Every day, our generous volunteers, donors, and Food Bank supporters make it possible for our hungry neighbors, like Diane and Mason, to receive assistance when they take the step to reach out for help.
“You do what you have to do for your family.” Diane says, sharing a glance with her oldest son, Mason. “You learn to give up your pride a little bit,” adds Mason, 19.
But as a single mom, Diane has had no choice. Her family lives on a small amount of disability assistance and minimal SNAP benefits, which always run out before the end of the month.
With three growing teenagers, it’s been a serious challenge for Diane to stretch her small monthly income to buy enough food.
Both Diane and Mason are on the job hunt — they know the summer will be especially difficult without school meals for the younger kids on weekdays.
Diane is clearly proud of her children and how they’ve stepped up during this stressful time. She wants to provide the best possible life for Mason and his younger siblings — and she knows that starts with good nutrition.
Fortunately, Diane can visit All People’s Interfaith Pantry, an agency in Elgin that partners with Northern Illinois Food Bank to help families in need. She’s so grateful for the healthy produce and farm-fresh eggs for her growing children. Diane says, to generous friends like you:
Thank you for paving the way for our community’s bright future — one balanced meal at a time.