Erich, a retired U.S. Army medic who served in Iraq, works as a physical therapy assistant at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford and is the sole breadwinner for his family of five.
“It’s a lot of mouths to feed,” Erich said.
Last year, The Greater Boston Food Bank partnered with the hospital to launch a free produce Mobile Market. Every month, patients and staff in need receive 25-30 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Mobile Market provides a week’s worth of food for Erich’s family, which includes three teenagers—ages 15, 16 and 18—who are all active in competitive sports.
“The food we get from the veterans hospital Mobile Market goes a long way when you’re feeding five,” he said. “I want my family to eat well, and this enables me to do that.”