Jackie's Story

Jackie Verdon is 80-years-old and lives alone. Her husband passed away years ago, and now that she’s retired, Jackie lives on a fixed income and sometimes must choose between paying necessary bills or buying groceries.

When her budget gets tight, Jackie knows a door is always open for her at Buckeye Christian Assembly, a member hunger-relief program of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

“When I first found the pantry, I couldn’t believe how thankful I was for not just the food, but for the people here,” said Jackie. “I love the fresh vegetables and of course everything is great, but my favorite part about this pantry is the people—they treat us so kindly.”

Jackie explains how important the pantry is for her, and without it, she’s not sure she would always get the sustenance she needs.

“This pantry helps me live healthy. Without it, I would have months where my cupboards would be empty. I don’t have children, but this place makes me feel like family. They greet me with a warm meal when I walk in, and then send me home with groceries. They are wonderful!”