There is a wide range of circumstances that cause people to turn to the safety net of the Food Bank Coalition to keep them from facing hunger. David has struggled financially for several years now and regularly attends a public food distribution at Oak Park in Paso Robles. He knows firsthand all about making tough choices.
The 51-year old had to leave his job so that he could take care of his parents. His mom passed away a few years ago and now he cares for his father who is in a wheelchair. “Most of the time we get to the point where we have about a week or more left in the month, but no more money to buy food,” he said. “We have to pay our rent and utilities and there is sometimes an extra medical expense with my dad.”
But no one can question David’s commitment to his family. Without a car, David takes a bus to the Food Bank Coalition distribution and the round trip can take up to two hours.
Since diabetes runs in his family, David has an extra appreciation for the produce and nutritious groceries. He also takes advantage of the recipes given out which provide creative ideas of how to cook the food given out at a distribution. “I use those recipes all the time,” he said. “And I’ve really enjoyed trying new dishes.”
The Food Bank Coalition provides the safety net in the county for tens of thousands of people every month. And when you support the Food Bank Coalition we can provide food to the people who need it most.