When Edie retired, she knew she needed to stay active—both because that’s her personality and because it would help her manager her Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. For the last year and a half, she’s kept busy by volunteering at Serve Spokane, a Second Harvest partner food pantry.
Edie greets many of the food pantry clients with a hug—as if they’d been best friends for years. Perhaps she connects with them so well because she’s been in their shoes. “I’ve been on the poor side raising two kids on my own, and it was macaroni and cheese and Hamburger Helper—cheap, inexpensive stuff,” she said. She would use her local food bank to help feed her family. “You do what you can do.”
But Serve Spokane is different from the food bank she went to several years ago. Clients choose foods from the shelves filled with beautiful fresh produce, dried and canned beans, grains, and other healthy food items. “This gives clients the opportunity to actually give their kids fruits, vegetables—things they actually need to develop,” said Edie.
Edie takes home food from the food bank on occasion as well, when times are tight. Her MS prevents her from working, so she lives on a fixed income. Fresh fruits and vegetables are sometimes too expensive for her budget. But even with her own financial strains, Edie is always thinking of others. “I don’t like to take food from somebody if they need it worse than I do,” she said. “I can make do.”
Edie’s generous spirit shines through her smile as she greets people waiting in line for the food pantry to open its doors. “I have a heart, and I need to give it to people,” she said.
“It makes me feel good that we are here and that if they need [food], we can offer it," said Edie, thanking all of their sources of donated food, including Second Harvest, for making this possible. "It is just absolutely wonderful.”
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