Stories of Change

Amy’s Story

Amy is living with her daughter and has never used food assistance before. Amy is fighting a rare type of cancer and because of COVID-19 her daughter is unable to work.

“We ran out of money because my daughter was working at the hospital and she had to stop because I have cancer and she worked at the hospital. She’s my caregiver so we had to find some food and they directed us down here.”

Amy drove an hour and a half to attend a drive-up distribution at PPG Paints Arena.

“I had tears in my eyes when they said I could come. I’m down to the last of my food so what this means to me and my family is we get to eat for the rest of the month and I don’t have to worry. I can sleep – I haven’t slept because in my head, because I’m so worried about making sure we’re ok.”

Amy is thankful for everyone who came together to make the drive-up distributions possible.

“We are thankful for you all risking your lives with the virus and stuff to be out here. You could catch something, but you’re out here helping us. So that means a lot. They’re [the volunteers and staff] real heroes to us.”

“The essential worker has gotten recognition during this virus. They really have. And it’s been a long time coming. So we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. And that’s from me and my daughter and everybody that’s here.”

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