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feeding hope: Lindsey’s story
Unfortunately, it’s something that has become familiar to us all: job loss. We all have friends and family who have lost work due to the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. But what about losing two jobs in a row?
That’s become a reality for Lindsey, who is now on her third job since April 2020. Lindsey, who has worked in the service industry since she was 18, is at her third place of employment in less than a year. “One restaurant closed and the other couldn’t keep all of their staff,” Lindsey said. “I felt hopeless.”
“This year has been overwhelming and this is one less thing i have to worry about. Thank You!”
Lindsey had relied on some friends and family to help her get through her times of unemployment, but she knew that was something that couldn’t last forever. “I was so happy to find another job. It was a really difficult time,” she said.
Even though she’s been let go twice, she’s cautiously optimistic. “I have to hope, I have to believe that this job will last. I’m trying my best,” she said. She’s thankful for the food she’s receiving at the Mobile Market in Sandpoint today, because even though she’s employed again she is still “getting back on her feet,” after being out of work twice in the past year.
“I didn’t know this service was available,” she said. “This year has been overwhelming and this is one less thing I have to worry about. Thank you!”
Nearly six months after the federal COVID-19 emergency was lifted, obtaining food continues to be extremely challenging. News stories and conversations with our fellow Feeding America food banks confirm that food sourcing difficulties are nationwide.
That’s why we are so fortunate to be able to access Feeding America’s Choice System to obtain a variety of quality, nutritious food.
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Steve and his wife both retired from the Army, and he also spent time as a civil engineer in the Navy. His career has been a life of service to our country. Today, he is a member of the civilian workforce at Fairchild Air Force Base.
With economics the way they are today, Steve accesses Second Harvest Mobile Market free food distributions on base.
Naturally cheery, Steve manages a smile even when he explains “Times are hard.” Simultaneously, he proudly adds, “We have two kids, 13 and 14. They eat like crazy and are growing like mad.”