“I’m Very Thankful”

Pamela is retired from a career in retail merchandising, and like many retirees, lives on Social Security benefits — something that has become much tougher to do lately.

Originally from Kentucky, Pamela moved back to the area to be closer to her son and his family so she could spend more time with her four grandchildren and two great-grandbabies.

But like many people who have retired, she didn’t expect her budget to get as tight as it has over the last few years. Recently, as she waited for her check to arrive, she was down to her last $6. That’s why she’s so grateful for the help she receives at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Cold Spring, Kentucky. It removes the burden of food and helps her stretch her budget to cover other expenses.

“It definitely stretches it, because I have a certain amount that I get and I never know what the bills are going to be, like my electricity and stuff,” she explains. “The food cost has just gotten so high. So, I come here to help ease a little bit, and then I don’t have to spend as much of my cash for groceries.”

Neighbors here can visit the pantry twice a month, which is enough to see Pamela through until her next check arrives. The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is a Freestore Foodbank partner and operates as a choice pantry, meaning people can “shop” and choose the items that work best for them. In September 2023, they helped more than 600 people, including 130 seniors and 200 children.

“I appreciate it so much, and I know everybody does,” Pamela says. “Really, they do. I don’t know what would happen without it. So, I’m very thankful.”

Donors like you help fill in the gaps for our retired neighbors, and they appreciate your support. Thank you!

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