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Working Single Mom Finds Help At Fresh For All

Posted by Philabundance on April 26th, 2017

The past few years have been a whirlwind for Theresa. After the heartbreak of separating from her husband of nearly 30 years, Theresa tragically lost her mother, as well. Through all of this, Theresa remains hopeful. But as a single mother to her three sons, she sometimes struggles to buy groceries due to her stressed financial situation.

Although she works as an emergency medical technician, Theresa doesn’t always make enough money to cover her family’s basic expenses. And when her son Lucas, 10, is out of school for summer vacation, she’ll need to cover the expense of two more meals each weekday.

Theresa says her boys are her life — she’s been worried about them during the losses that the past few years have brought. However, she’s using their difficult situation to teach Lucas about the power of community and how important it is to share what you have.

“My son knows we’re in tough times,” she says. “Even though we’re going through something, I want him to know that you still have to give back.”

She’s hoping to bring Lucas with her to volunteer at the Philabundance Fresh For All that sets up shop in Paulsboro, NJ, not far from her home in Logan. Theresa has been visiting the weekly food distribution for about two years, and she says it’s been a big help for her family.

Lucas loves fruit and vegetables, and Theresa feels good about being able to fill their table with healthy meals. With all the nutritious groceries they’re able to pick up, she can use her small paychecks for other bills. Theresa says visiting the Fresh For All has made a huge difference for her family — and she’s giving thanks for Philabundance partners like you.

“I’m very grateful to the donors who make this possible,” Theresa says. “It’s good for people. We’re all out here to just get through.”

Thank you for helping our neighbors weather and overcome challenges. If you’d like to provide support for programs like Fresh For All, every $1 you donate provides two meals to those in need. Help now.

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