I’m Carrie Coronado. I came to support my mother. She’s also been interviewed today. As I was sharing, Margie had set us up with the food bank that’s close by downtown, and I was really pleased with it because they had fresh produce. They had frozen fruits, various healthy alternatives for my mom being that she’s newly diabetic and trying to really navigate this entirely new lifestyle. Her food options are pretty limited, so I was really pleased with that.
However, the times that they’re open are not times that are convenient for people who work. My dad works. My mom does not have – they don’t have a second transportation. I work; my sister works; my brother works. So how can she really feasibly get to an open food bank during the day in the time allotted?
Truthfully, I don’t really want to make her feel worse, but you know, it’s a burden on your heart as a child to know that your parents are not getting the things that they need, and that they’re not really surviving in the best way possible. And you think about it a lot, you know? And you think about the fear that they have, the shame that they have, the guilt that they have to have to ask for help from us, and the frustration that they have when they are trying their very hardest to find work and they’re not able to.
"It’s a burden on your heart as a child to know that your parents are not surviving in the best way possible."
- Carrie Coronado