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A Mother’s Struggle

May 6, 2011

As Mother’s Day approaches, we are reminded of the many mothers who are struggling to feed their children. Gloria, her husband Joseph and their three children have turned to the San Antonio Food Bank for assistance while trying to keep their family together.

The family’s journey began two years ago when Joseph was laid off from his job of seven years. The family fell behind in their bills and with only one income; they lost their home to foreclosure. With no other family members to rely on, they were forced into an apartment they could not afford and soon faced eviction. The stress of the situation caused Gloria to have a high-risk pregnancy and she was put on bed rest which resulted in her losing her job as well.

The young family was referred to a local family homeless shelter. Grateful to find shelter the family had to agree to be separated.

“The kids and I are now living in one shelter and Joseph is in a men’s shelter at another location. We just can’t catch a break,” shared Gloria.

Joseph noted, “I really want to work and so does Gloria so we can get back on our own feet again, but we can’t find full time jobs. I find a new job and then get laid off because the company does not have enough full-time work. We are both so discouraged right now.”

Our role at the San Antonio Food Bank is to help families with food assistance, but in so many cases the need is much greater. Together with more than 500 partner agencies, the SAFB provides not only food assistance for clients, but also assistance in completing applications for health and human service programs, while offering referrals to other local resources.

We couldn’t do what we do without your continued support. Visit our website to see how you can help mothers like Gloria and others like her. Thank you for making a difference. Happy Mother’s Day!

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