The food bank has a strict policy that is ingrained into every person that works, volunteers or supports them. It's quite simple: Find a way to help anyone that comes through the food bank doors. So when a mother shared her story with Jesse Ramirez, President & Founder, his immediate response was: "Don't worry, we will help you, we'll do what it takes to feed your family".
She was immediately overwhelmed with tears and told him that her family can go nights without dinner sometimes. She explained that she worked hard but all her money went to bills, rent and even daycare. Her family went every week wondering where their next meal was going to come from and since she didn't qualify for certain programs or any supplement so her last option was Valley View Community Food Bank. This is a common story that Jesse and his team hear on a daily basis, it's why his policy of helping everyone is crucial to the food bank mission.
"We don't require any qualifications or make people jump through hoops to get food. We give, that's why we're here. As a community supported food bank it's our job to help those in need and do what it takes to make sure our neighbors, our friends, our fellow human beings have a helping hand and food on their tables," explained Jesse.
As we move closer to the holidays the food bank is facing its toughest year. Donations are low, both food and monetary and more and more people are looking to the food bank for help. This was one story, one family that needed help and the food bank answered. The statistics say 1 in 5 Americans suffer from food insecurity, and the food bank is currently feeling the weight of that number as more people walk through it's open doors. Please share this story, it's important to have resources like the food bank in our community. If you'd like to help even more please consider an online donation.
Thank you for listening.
H.E.A supporter of Valley View Community Food Bank