Feeding Hope: Cecelia's Story

Cecelia began to tear up as Second Harvest staff loaded bags of food into her car. It was her first time at a Mobile Market distribution, and she’s never been to a food bank.

But Cecelia’s budget looks a lot different during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her husband’s lawn care and handyman business used to support them. Now, they’re struggling to pay all the bills.

A former nurse with the Red Cross, Cecelia knows what the medical providers are facing every day during this crisis. But health issues forced her to retire, and now those issues are putting her at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. The food she received at the Mobile Market helps keep her healthy while providing some financial relief for her and her husband. “It’ll help a lot, especially the oranges because I’m supposed to get one a day,” she said.

Cecelia misses a lot about life before the pandemic, but she’s grateful for the ways the community has come together to support one another. “I just appreciate everything everyone is doing for everybody,” she said, pointing to the Mobile Market. “I just pray that it’s over soon.”

You can help people like Cecelia during this crisis. Learn how here.