Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: A Family Has Relief, Thanks to You
Published in Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s “The Link”, Spring 2016
For about three years now, Jose and Maria have been coming to the Regional Food Bank’s Fresh Food Mobile Market at the Oak Grove Housing Authority, a housing site for low-income seniors. Because they don’t qualify for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, this helps them gain access to nutritious fresh produce on their limited retirement income.
Not long after they started visiting the Mobile Market, the couple began volunteering to help distribute the fresh food to others. Maria says she noticed the need and just jumped in to fill it. She’s a helper by nature.
“I like to help people everywhere, even at the store,” she says with a smile. Jose laughs and agrees, “She’s always helping old people with getting their groceries to their cars.”
After 25 years working in food service at Willow Creek Country Club, Maria’s also a star in the kitchen. She gushes about the fresh produce she receives at the Mobile Market and the dishes she creates with it, like salads, salsa and guacamole.
The nutritious meals Maria cooks bolster her and Jose’s health as they age, as well as that of their son, Horacio, 46, who lives with them. Horacio was injured at his construction job several years ago and is now disabled and often in pain. But that doesn’t stop him from pitching in to help at the Mobile Market with his parents.
If it weren’t for gracious friends like you, neighbors like Jose, Maria and Horacio wouldn’t always be able to afford quality groceries. Because you choose to give, they — and their neighbors at Oak Grove — have hope in the form of healthy, nourishing food. For that, they are very appreciative.
“Thank you for helping the people who need it,” Jose says, with Maria adding, “Thank you! This helps our family.”The Link is published quarterly by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, a member of Feeding America. Comments and questions can be directed to their Development Department at 405-600-3136 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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