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Stories of Hope & Courage– Laurie's Story


After Laurie's father passed away, her mother could not make ends meet. "We just pitched in and made things work," recalls Laurie, who is now the sole provider for her mother and her 12-year-old grandson.

Her family started visiting a local food pantry supported by Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The food she receives twice a month has been a lifeline, especially with rising inflation.

"I went to buy a head of lettuce the other day," Laurie explains. "They wanted $4 for a head of lettuce. I can't afford that just for a head of lettuce that isn't going to last maybe one or two meals in our home."

Like many families, Laurie's fixed income has not kept pace with the rising cost of food and other essentials. The shortfall in a family's budget can force impossible choices between paying for necessary medications or rent and having food on the table.

"I would never let my grandson go hungry," says Laurie. "As an adult, I've spent days without being able to eat before finding the Neighborhood Center and Second Harvest." On a recent visit to The Neighborhood Center, Laurie's eyes lit up when she saw a cart loaded with groceries, including pantry staples, meat, bread and fresh produce, especially the broccoli florets. She knows her grandson will grab the bag and eat right out of it when she gets home.

"You've been a blessing to my family and many families in the Central Florida area. Thank you."

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