John worked his entire life building diesel engines in his hometown of Hanson. Recently retired, he and his wife live on a fixed income. When his wife got sick the medical bills started piling up and the cupboards started emptying.
“We were getting tight with bills and the co-pays were killing us,” John said. “Sometimes it’s a bad month and we’re looking at each other across the table with a can of soup in the middle.”
To help him and his wife get through the month, John started going to the Hanson Food Pantry about three years ago.
“The first time I came here I was amazed at what we get and how generous people are,” John said.
The Hanson Food Pantry is one of the more than 300 food pantries in Eastern Massachusetts supported by The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). The pantry gets over two-thirds of its food from GBFB.
“We usually get an assortment of meat and pasta. You can get 2 or 3 meals out of the chicken,” John said. “And I know they bring in fresh fruits and vegetables when they can. I love my fruits and veggies.”
According to John, the pantry is especially helpful for Hanson families around this time of year.
“They give us turkeys and all the stuff that goes with it during the holidays. They really make Thanksgiving for a lot of people,” he said.
The pantry has helped John and his wife maintain a healthy diet and kept them from making the impossible decision between paying their bills and buying food.
“I think generosity is something that’s disappearing out there, so I would really like to thank the donors from the bottom of my heart,” John said.