Like many mothers facing financial restraints, Mariana* remains poised and happy around her children. Her six-year-old daughter, Daisy, doesn’t realize that her school lunch comes at no cost to her parents, or that they struggle to put a fresh meal on the table every night. What she does know is that when she trots off the school bus at 3 p.m., there is a warm after-school snack ready when she walks in the door.
In addition to those forays, Mariana relies on the food she gets from El Vínculo Hispano (the Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County), which runs a food pantry every first, third and fifth Monday of the month.
“When it’s time for El Vínculo Hispano to give away food, I don’t have to buy as many vegetables at the store because I know I can get fresh food there.”
The pantry’s fresh food offering is due in large part to a partnership with Farmer Foodshare.