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Maria's daughter Estrella

Maria, Estrella, Genesis, and Cielo

Story Type: People We Serve

Programs Used: Food Pantry

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Maria has avoided a problem that a lot of other parents face. Her three children, 5-year-old Estrella, 4-year-old Genesis, and 2-year-old Cielo eat a lot of vegetables.“Maybe it’s why they’re so smart,” she lovingly says.

And while it’s not a fight to get her kids to eat healthy food, it is a struggle to afford it. Maria’s husband is working full-time while she stays at home to take care of the children. With one income, buying vegetables is out of the question. So, she visits a food pantry. There, she gets shelf-stable food and, importantly, fresh fruit and vegetables.

“We just wouldn’t be able to afford these veggies otherwise,” she said. “The kids are getting what they need because of this.” And they’re not just getting veggies. During the summer, kids can also eat breakfast and lunch at the pantry. “The kids love it,” Maria said. “And it’s a big help for me, too.”

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