Tawanda - Edisto Island, South Carolina
I receive disability because I’m unable to work, and I also receive a small amount of SNAP benefits that help me buy groceries. Even though I live with my friend and my sister-in-law, it’s tough to make ends meet.
Before the food pantry was started, I used to have to choose between buying groceries and paying for my medicine. That was a really hard decision. I had to eat, so I would give up my medicine when I couldn’t afford both. There have also been times when I’ve had to go without food, and that’s a horrible feeling.
The food pantry has been such a big help. It provides fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as canned goods, boxed food, rice, and other healthy foods. It helps out a lot. During the holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, the food pantry gives ham or turkey, as well as fresh vegetables. They make sure we have a good meal to eat for the holidays.
I love the volunteers at the food pantry – they are so nice and welcoming, and they really take care of me. I appreciate everything they do to make the food pantry possible. It’s thanks to them that families in this community have enough to eat.