Marla, a single mother from Dorchester, supported her four children by working as a nurse for over 20 years—until she was suddenly laid off a few years ago. Unemployed but still needing to feed her family, Marla turned to a local Boston food pantry with the help of a friend.

“In my head I thought, ‘oh my, what if someone from my church sees me. I was almost embarrassed,” Marla said.

After the first time she went to the American Red Cross food pantry in Dorchester, however, she said it was one of the best decisions she ever made.

With the help of GBFB and its partner agencies Marla was able to find a new job and get back on her feet.

“People rise up and they fall down, and when you reach the bottom, you need that help,” Marla said. “Getting the extra help when I’ve needed it from the pantry has been amazing. I’ve had to worry about paying the bills and keeping the lights on, but I didn’t have to worry about food.”

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