After Heba’s 4-year-old son was diagnosed with a brain tumor, the medical costs for his surgery and treatments overwhelmed her budget.
On the brink of homelessness, she found work and began receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits, but they still didn’t cover her food budget for her, her children, and her parents.
“It was hard going to the grocery store,” she said. “I was crying from the pressure and didn’t know what to do.”
Two years ago, Heba began working as a paraprofessional at the site of The Greater Boston Food Bank’s School-based Pantry at the Paul Revere Innovation School in Revere. Now she can supplement her overstretched SNAP benefits with fresh, healthy food for her family.
“Everyone in my family loves the pantry. I just want to help my kids and keep them healthy.”