Feeding Hope: Lisa's Story

Lisa is trying to get back on her feet… literally.

She recently needed a major ankle surgery, but she didn’t have medical insurance at the time. She’s paying $32,000 out of pocket for the procedure.

Now recovering, Lisa is back to work part-time. She and her husband, who also works, have two teenagers at home. Without the food bank, she said they’d eat a lot of peanut butter and jelly.

“It’s stressful. It makes you sick to your stomach when you don’t know how you’re going to provide a meal,” said Lisa. “A lot of people would starve if this weren’t here.”

Thanks to the food bank, Lisa has access to a variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Being able to access fresh produce at no cost has helped her get healthier. “I’ve taken off 20 pounds from not eating processed foods.”

Lisa is hopeful when she thinks about the future. She and her husband would like to buy a house one day. But right now, she’s focusing on the present and working to “get back to where we need to be.”

“It’ll get better,” she said. “It just takes time.”

You can provide both food and hope to people like Lisa as they work toward financial stability. Learn how you can help.