Four pounds — that’s what’s up!
September 10, 2012
Fresh produce helps pantry participant maintain her health
Glenda, 65, is formerly homeless and a cancer survivor. With a roof over her head and food provided by an on-site pantry at Mosaica Family and Senior Apartments in San Francisco’s Mission District, things are going better for her. “I went to see my cancer doctor yesterday and he said, ‘Glenda, what’s up?’ And I said ‘four pounds – that’s what’s up!’ That’s how I gained the four pounds – the Food Bank,” Glenda said.
"This food, it’s just what we need."
Pantries provide easy access
Every Thursday afternoon, seniors at Mosaica Apartments are allotted a separate time slot at the food pantry so each can take their time selecting their groceries. On a recent Thursday, plums, cauliflower, red bell peppers, onions, carrots, bananas, potatoes and greens were all available.
“We come, and it’s just a variety of things,” Glenda said. “They introduce you to things you’ve never seen!” Glenda and her doctor believe her healthy diet is helping her grow stronger mentally and physically. "This food, it’s just what we need,” Glenda said.
Fighting hunger, supporting health
Over the past few years, we've had to scale up to feed the growing number of people in our community in need of food assistance. But we've been careful to do so with a solid base of nutrient rich, high-quality foods. In fact, of the 45 million pounds of food we'll distribute this year, about 23 million pounds of it will be fresh produce direct from the farm. That's important because we're not only just concerned with keeping people from going hungry, we're helping low-income people get the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
Your support makes it work
Fresh produce and farmer’s market-style pantries are made possible by the Food Bank’s community of donors. In order to continue to provide quality food at a quantity that meets the need, your support is essential. Please donate today to help provide neighbors like Glenda with the food they need to survive and thrive.