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A Donor, A Volunteer... and a Client

Vicki once needed help with groceries — now she's a monthly donor and volunteer. Read more to see how you can make your giving go further.

Vicki is a living example of why "community" is our middle name.

A decade ago, she was living in her truck, working a string of low-wage jobs between stints in the Army Reserves.

Vicki knew that her community would be able to help, so she came to us for food.

"I learned that when you're able to, you need to give back," she said. "I hadn't done anything wrong, and I was still hungry. It could happen to just about anyone."

Because of the Food Bank, she had a bag of fresh produce, protein and staples when she needed it. But she wanted to do more than simply receive help. So she spent a summer at the Food Bank, checking expiration dates on donated cans.

Soon after, her fortunes changed and she found safe housing and work. Now, she works as a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom.

Though it's been a long time since she was hungry, Vicki hasn't forgotten the feeling.

"It's hard to ask for help," she said. "But community is a web, a fabric. People aren't on their own when they need help, or when they give it."

Vicki works hard now to inspire others. She persuaded her synagogue to keep their food-drive barrel year-round, and often "seeds" grocery store barrels with donations of protein and staples like rice and beans.

"I'm a monthly financial donor now," she said. "It's not a lot, but the Food Bank knows I'll be there every single month, and that means something."

Becoming a monthly donor is simple--and important. When you make your next donation, select "I want to make a recurring donation." It's a simple and painless way to help us alleviate hunger year-round.

Thank you!

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