Project HOPE with LOVE
A heart filled tablecloth covers their table, as George shares his tortilla with Carrie at the San Antonio Food Bank’s partner agency St. Vincent de Paul. Nine years ago, an employee with the agency, told Carrie, “I need to introduce you to George—he’s the right guy for you.” Today, Carrie calls George her lifeline.
Many seniors are not as lucky as Carrie to have any lifeline. Many rely on our partner agencies and the Food Bank as their only source of emotional and food support. Carrie (84), on an extremely tight budget, relies on the food she receives from Project HOPE once a month at the senior center.
These groceries help fight hunger and malnutrition for seniors providing them an opportunity to live a healthier and more active life. Project HOPE helps to ensure seniors continue to have a nutritious meal and don’t have to make difficult choices between paying for bills and paying for food.
“My car was stolen, so I don’t always have transportation to get my commodities box. Those are the months I learn to eat smaller portions so my food lasts longer. I’ve learned to eat like a bird,” says Carrie.
Carrie hates having to rely on anyone. With tears in her eyes, she says she is ashamed to live off her income of just $500 per month. “I worked until I was 74; I worked for 32 years at Lackland–I am a proud woman. But I am grateful to have food from the Food Bank and my George.”
George is happy for the food from the Food Bank as well, because it feeds his beloved. While they both have families, they receive no assistance from them and each live on their own.
Attending St. Vincent de Paul is a haven for them surrounded by friends, a meal and each other.
Did you know, through Project HOPE, your San Antonio Food Bank serves over 7,000 senior households each month? Project Hope provides each enrolled senior household a supplemental box of groceries. For seniors with a very low-income, Project HOPE can further assist with a second box of groceries. Seniors 60 years and older may enroll at any one of over 120 locations so they do not have to go too far to enroll or pick-up groceries.
If you or a senior you know needs assistance, please call (210) 431-8336. If you would like to help a senior in need with a food, time or money donation, please click here.
Fighting Hunger…..Feeding Hope!