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Faces of Hunger: Meet Sharon

Help Neighbors Like Sharon

Though Sharon lives alone and has a job, she struggles to put food on the table, especially since her work hours were cut back drastically.

“Business slowed down recently, so everyone got cut back,” she told us. Sharon works as a retail associate at a local craft store. “They cut everybody back to two days a week, where before I was working five.”

The FoodBank’s Mobile Pantry in Egg Harbor City brings nutritious food to neighbors in need like Sharon, who lives in an area of South Jersey where there are not enough food pantries and soup kitchens to meet the need. On a hot summer day, Sharon waits on line at the Mobile Pantry to get produce, bread, milk, pasta, orange juice, and other fresh and nonperishable foods that will help her make meals for the month.

“The pantry helps by giving us food to eat. Especially at dinner time, the meats come in handy and all the vegetables and everything make a nice meal,” Sharon said. “Even though it’s just me at home, this really helps me get through the month. I don’t have to spend the money that I need for other bills on food.”