Waiting for their turn to receive food, Linda and Wendy sat together at the bottom of the stairs in the lobby of the Wilson Food Pantry. They laughed over family stories, shared life experiences, and talked about their struggles. To anyone around them, these two seemed like they’ve been friends for years.
It turns out, Linda and Wendy met just minutes before the pantry doors opened that morning.
Wendy lives in Wernersville with her family and relies heavily on Wilson Food Pantry to help them get by.
“We get hungry, my family and me.” Wendy explained. “I come here because the food at the grocery store keeps going up. It’s just too much for our limited means.”
Linda’s story is a little different. She no longer has a family to provide for, but the world still seems to be working against her these days.
“I’m a widow” Linda said as she looked down at her feet. “It’s just me. My son died two years ago from cancer and my daughter was murdered in 2002. But they took my food stamps away since I don’t have a mortgage anymore. I used to get $191 in food stamps. Now I get $15.”
With just $15 to supplement her limited food budget, Linda has found great comfort in knowing that she can rely on the Wilson Food Pantry for assistance. She counts on the meats, vegetables, and canned goods to help her get by, not to mention the good company she finds in others who wait with her to receive food.
“All the food is really great and the vegetables always look good. I’m kind of a picky eater so I only take the veggies that I’ll eat,” said Wendy. “I don’t want to take from people who like it more. I may be poor but I still have things I like and don’t like.”