“This is very helpful.”

For families like Marlen’s, one of the best gifts they can receive this holiday season is the one you’re helping provide: nutritious groceries for their whole family.

We met Marlen on a visit to The Lord’s Pantry at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, a member agency of Philabundance. Marlen says she typically visits the pantry once each week to help make ends meet for her family.

Marlen and her husband have two children, a 5-year-old son, and a 14-month-old daughter, Aylin, who was with Marlen on her visit to the food pantry.

Childcare is too expensive for both children, so Marlen stays home to care for them while her husband works outside the home. But with only one income, it’s often challenging to keep enough food on the family’s table.

Marlen says your gifts to Philabundance make a big difference for her family.

“This is very helpful,” she says of the food she picks up from the pantry.

Family favorite foods from the pantry are the pasta, eggs, cheese, chicken and other meats that are typically out of their budget at the grocery store. Marlen says she lives just 10 minutes away from the pantry, so she’s also grateful to have this resource right in her own community.

Thanks to your generosity, countless more parents just like Marlen can keep nutritious food on the table this holiday season. Thank you for sharing hope at a time of unprecedented need.