Morgan and her daughter Willow are spending a Wednesday afternoon shopping the bright and welcoming aisles of the Fishline Food Bank in Poulsbo, Wash. The two-year-old is remarkably patient in her mother’s arms as they select some fresh apples and ripe pears from the display of colorful produce.
“My kids go through a ton of fruit,” says Morgan, “it’s their favorite, but it’s so expensive.”
Morgan also has an eight-year-old son at home and a husband who is recovering from an uninsured injury. It’s a tough time for this small family.
“We get food assistance, food stamps, but it just doesn’t last. So it’s always just the last week or two of the month that I have to come here to get us through. It’s hard to stretch it.”
Much of the food Morgan and Willow are taking home today is supplied by Food Lifeline. According to Fishline’s manager, Linda Burris, this food is critical.
“I don’t know what we would do without Food Lifeline. I really don’t. It’s a huge benefit to us,” Linda says. Like most people here, Morgan and her family’s struggles are temporary. A loss of a job, a medical bill, or an unplanned car repair often send hardworking people to the food bank.
“I never thought it would happen to me,” says Morgan, “I never expected to be in this situation. So now being in it has opened my eyes. I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone.”
As Morgan finishes her shopping, Willow enjoys a cupcake – much of which she now wears on her cheek. Messy, but smiling – she may never know how her parents struggled today. But perhaps someday Morgan will tell her and her brother about how important it is to help others.
“This has made our lives so much easier at a time when we have really needed it. And one day I hope we won’t need it, so I can come back here and be the one to help.”
When you donate to Food Lifeline, you provide help and support to thousands of families in need. The food they need to survive and the food they need to thrive.