Feeding Hope: Joyce's Story

Joyce nibbled on the sample of breakfast potatoes distributed by Second Harvest’s Nutrition Education team at the Mobile Market as she moved through the line to receive her food. She followed behind her grandson’s fiancé, who was helping Joyce lift the heavy bags of produce into her wagon. Joyce, a senior, told her grandson’s fiancé about the event after reading about it in the newspaper. “She’s got four little kids that live with her,” said Joyce. She figured it would help them out.

But Joyce wasn’t just along for the ride on an early spring day. She needed the food too. Like many seniors, she lives on a fixed income, but her expenses are high. Her water and electric bills each month total more than $300. This makes food, especially, fresh, nutritious food that keeps her healthy, hard to afford. Joyce uses the Salvation Army’s food pantry once a month and the senior box program, along with Mobile Markets, to fill food gaps.

Joyce has had lots of practice making food last through several meals. A mother to six children, Joyce had to get creative to ensure that all of them were fed. “I used to say to my kids, ‘We got 101 ways to fix a hamburger, and I know them all,’” she said. Now, her kids are grown and out of the house, but she’s still stretching her budget. She often makes casseroles with the food she receives. “They go a long ways,” she said.

Joyce has attended other Mobile Markets in the past, and she always looks forward to the food she’ll receive there. “Second Harvest is very generous with what they have,” she said. “I’m just grateful.”

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