Esther doesn’t mind long lines. In fact, as an avid knitter, she almost prefers them. They allow her the chance to make hats, scarves and other items for her family and friends. Last fall, Esther waited patiently outside a Philabundance food distribution in her folding chair working on a gift for her grandson.

Esther had been going to monthly food distributions – sponsored by generous Philabundance donors like you – for about four years. She suffered a serious back injury that left her disabled and completely dependent on monthly Social Security checks and a small amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as her only sources of income.

It helps not to feel like I have to stretch when I don’t have anything to stretch

Despite her back injury and reliance on a cane to move around, Esther had made each trip to her local Philabundance produce distribution on foot. Every month, she filled her cart with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes these items were accompanied by recipes using the nutritious foods she didn’t otherwise have at home, like apples, bananas and kale.

“It helps not to feel like I have to stretch when I don’t have anything to stretch,” said Esther, describing the importance of your support.

At the age of 64, it’s unclear whether Esther will ever be able to work again. Even if she does, it’s likely that her ability to purchase enough healthy food on her own will be limited. Thank you for being a lifeline to community members, like Esther, who rely on the compassion of generous donors like you!