For families in this economy, hunger is one lost job or medical bill from becoming a financial reality. Many begin skipping meals, or face trade offs between paying for rent, heat and medical expenses, or purchasing food.
For Thomas, a visitor to Weymouth Council for the Hungry, that reality has arrived. At one time, Thomas had a steady job working for a real estate management company. Then the economic downturn began, and he lost his job.
Now in his fifties, Thomas has found it challenging to find another full-time job. To make matters worse, medical problems have required Thomas to become a caretaker for his wife and daughter.
“My wife has neurofibromatosis,” he explains. “She has about forty tumors going down her spine. A lot of my time is spent at doctors’ offices, so it’s hard for me to go out for a full time job.”
He also has a daughter with a heart condition. Thomas struggles to stay afloat. Between endless doctor appointments, overwhelming medical bills, and keeping his part-time job driving for a local auto parts store, Thomas is overwhelmed. Making ends meet is an impossible task. He has struggled to regain any solid footing to support his family.
Thankfully, Thomas is able to rely on GBFB and to help put food on the family’s table.
“It helps. It helps big time,” he says. Thomas finds the fresh produce, milk and canned goods the most helpful–and finds ways to stretch out the food he gets twice a month. “I don’t know what I’d do without this place! I don’t think I want to know.”