DONNA: When you’re young, you’re kind of infallible. I never thought I would have to ask anyone for any help.
My name is Donna, and I live in Steuben, Maine. I have a subsistence farm where I grow my own vegetables, I raise most of my own meat. I spin wool that I get from my sheep, and I weave and I hook rugs.
I work very hard here.
I have worked my whole life, and at this point, there isn’t enough money. I have a low income, and there just isn’t enough to do the things that I would like to do.
There has been times when I have had to choose between paying my electric bill and buying food. At 76, you should be retired or you should be able to take care of yourself, and you can’t.
When you have to go and ask somebody for help, at this age, it’s very hard. An awful lot of senior people are struggling. It’s very, very comforting to have someone there who can help you lift yourself up, and the food pantry has helped me greatly.
The pantry supplies me with my lettuce, dry beans or some rice. These are things that I rely on the pantry because they’re so expensive in the store. They are very, very respectful of people. There’s no shame in going and getting what you need.
I’ll probably still always rely on the food pantry for some of the things that I need, but I will always be giving back, as I always have, to the pantry.
The people who do bring and do volunteer, the only thing I can say to them is thank you. The food pantry has made my life much better.Partnering with Feeding America to help feed struggling seniors 1359940|enter782|cr-en402 1359940|enter782|2014_859|| 1359940|enter782|2014_581|| 1359940|enter782|2014_00||
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