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FEEDING HOPE: PRISCILLA’S STORY
Now 66, Priscilla is on a fixed income that doesn’t quite meet all her financial needs. She recently moved into her own place after living with her daughter for a period of time. “When you’re on a little over $1,000 a month, it’s a lot when your rent is about $550,” she said.
To help ease some of her financial burden, Priscilla goes to the Post Falls Food Bank, where she receives a variety of food, including lots of fresh produce, at no cost. She especially appreciates all the fruit, since she loves making smoothies. She says that fruit and other produce at the store is often expensive.
For now, Priscilla gratefully turns to the food bank for help. “Maybe one day I won’t have to. But it’s here if you have to. That’s the awesome part.”
Food insecurity. It is a term we so often hear, but many of us never really understand because we are lucky.
We have never skipped a meal because we can’t afford one or questioned when we will eat again. But it’s a reality for thousands of our neighbors.
They have to make impossible choices about whether to buy medication, pay rent, keep the power on, and put gas in the car — or buy food for the week.
And while I knew that people around me were making these choices every day, I never understood it until working with Second Harvest.
Check out the latest news from Second Harvest. Serving people facing hunger across the Inland Northwest.
While college campuses aren’t the first thing to cross our minds when we think of food insecurity, the reality is most colleges and universities have students that wrestle with getting enough healthy food. Making ends meet is becoming more difficult for today’s college students. To help fill the void, we have partnerships with several colleges and universities in our region, where students can get food from on-campus pantries and Mobile Markets.