Jeanette, 71, loves to cook. She lives alone but her grandkids visit often, hoping she’ll prepare a flavorful, homecooked meal. Chicken thighs, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, and fish with home fries are some of their favorites. They’re never hesitant to sleep over if it means grandma will make dinner and breakfast. Jeanette enjoys creating lasting memories with her grandkids over conversation and a simple meal.
But food can be expensive, especially when you’re living on a fixed income. Jeanette retired in 2016 after years as a housekeeper. Although she’s glad to be retired, she must stretch her budget more than ever. Her car is always breaking down and it’s costly to fix, meaning trips to the grocery store are even more difficult.
A few years ago, she started receiving food delivered directly to her home through the Foodbank’s home delivery program.
"I'm so happy because sometimes my automobile is just not working,” she says.
Every other week Jeanette receives a box of canned goods, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables and other nourishing groceries. “I feel like a kid on Christmas morning,” she reflects on how she feels when her food is delivered.
Because of the home delivery program, Jeanette can have a reliable source of nourishing food and still pay her other bills and unexpected expenses.
“I’m glad we have this program,” she says. “I want to thank the people who helped donate this food. God must have touched your heart. I’m very grateful.”