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“They’re giving us food and also hope by showing us that we’re not in this alone. There are people out there to help. There are people out there who care.”

Victoria and Steven used to live in Lubbock, Texas. They had a three bedroom house, a big yard and Steven had a well-paying job that was more than enough to provide for their three-year-old son. Unexpectedly, the family had to give it all up and relocate to take care of Victoria’s ailing mother and her aunt. Both ladies could no longer get around by themselves and needed Victoria to be there to make their meals, drive them to doctors appointments and help with medication and other needs.

Victoria shares, “For us, family comes first. We were happy to sacrifice our lives to take care of two women who raised me, but it hasn’t been easy. My husband had to leave his job and is struggling to find a new one. We spent our savings on the move, and we now have five mouths to feed instead of three. My mother and aunt’s fixed incomes don’t go very far.”

The family turned to a local pantry for help. “The food pantry has been a lifesaver. By giving us nutritious staples to get through the month, it’s turned a situation that could have been one of hopelessness and despair into a hopeful one – where we can feed our family and hold our heads up high through a difficult, but temporary time,” Victoria explains.

She’s confident her husband will find work soon and is optimistic about the future. Until then, she’s grateful for the pantry. “They’re giving us food and also hope by showing us that we’re not in this alone. There are people out there to help. There are people out there who care.”