“I had to drag myself out of bed this morning to get here,” said Annabelle, as she stood in line at a Mobile Market. She had worked a 15-hour shift the day before at her job with a mental health agency. A single mom, Annabelle has two growing sons to feed, and she knew the Mobile Market would help her do that. That’s why she drove from her home in Spokane, still drained from the day before, to a distribution in Deer Park.
Annabelle is saving up to go back to school for a graduate degree in social work. But that’s meant an even tighter budget than usual. “I make just too much to qualify (for government assistance) but it’s not like I have a lot of extra money,” said Annabelle.
“It’s difficult to decide between necessities. Do I pay my power bill, or do I buy produce?” she said. “This gives us the ability to have food between now and when school starts, and it gives us the ability to buy school supplies in lieu of food.”
In addition to going to grad school, Annabelle plans to give back to organizations like Second Harvest in the future—so that she can help others when they need a hand, just like they helped her.