Monday mornings have a reputation for being kind of a drag. Many of us rush around in an effort to get the work week – or school week – off to a good start, and things can sometimes get hectic.
Food Bank participant Blanca certainly does her fair share of rushing around, getting her kids off to three different schools in San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood. But Monday has become a day she enjoys because after dropping off her daughter at Dolores Huerta Elementary School, Bianca heads straight for our weekly food pantry, located right on campus near the school’s playground.
“My oldest eats a lot – he’s 6 feet tall – so it’s hard to keep him happy and full,” Bianca says. “The other kids are big eaters too. But we manage, partly because of the groceries we get here every week.”
Blanca is a stay-at-home mom for now. Her husband is a painter and makes what she describes as a decent wage – but not necessarily enough to get by in San Francisco. Some months are harder than others, but Bianca’s family always seems to get by with a little help from the Food Bank.
“Oh my goodness! It’s not even a joke how hard it is to survive in this city right now,” she exclaims. “There is enough food here every week to provide several days-worth of meals, allowing us to save our money to pay for other things that are important, like clothes and medicine.”
As Blanca walks through the pantry, she finds several items that she likes and puts them in her bag. As she holds up a package of fresh asparagus, she explains, “We bake this in the oven so they stay crunchy. We also really like the potatoes; we turn those into baked potatoes and fried potatoes.”
Blanca is certain that her family, and many more in the neighborhood, would suffer greatly if it weren’t for the Monday morning pantry offerings. “Thank you for helping all low-income families in this neighborhood and this city…it really does make a difference.”