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Robin and Russ lived through flooding before, but nothing could have prepared them for the devastation left after the midwest floods of 2008, which affected Iowa communities all long the Cedar River. The flooding began on a Sunday and nearly a day later, the river had reached its record crest washing out neighborhoods in its path and forcing families to evacuate their homes, like this family of six.

TC peopleyouhavehelpedRobin and Russ could not believe their eyes when they returned to their neighborhood to find their recently re-modeled home of 17 years submerged up to their kitchen counter tops in six feet of diesel fuel-smelling water. "Your entire life changes in hours," said Robin. "I never thought I would wake up and not be able to get into my home."

 They lost everything from clothes, to towels, to pots and pans, totaling to $70,000 in damages. This was the first time the family ever needed food assistance. The food they received alleviated much of their worry about purchasing food to feed their family of six as they struggled to piece their life back together. Through the emergency shelter set up at a nearby school, the family felt a sense of security during a time full of uncertainty. "I've never had to say thank you so often" said Robin.

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In Plymouth, a fairly affluent city where most people earn around $80,000 or more, Mike and his neighbors live in a small working class community. When times were good, Mike, an office clerk, and his wife Emma both worked two jobs for a combined income of around $50,000 to support themselves and their two daughters, but that was 5 years ago before both Mike and Emma were laid off from their jobs.

TC peopleyouhavehelped2To feed 15 year old Jemma and 11 year old Petra the couple now relies on unemployment benefits and the small income that Emma makes with some occasional work at a local restaurant.

"We try very hard to make sure that the girls don't feel it" says Mike "but it is so hard when not only can we not give them all the things that teenagers would normally have, but some days we just do not have enough money even to buy food".

Life has been full of disappointments for the couple since they both lost their jobs. Every week they apply for any jobs that they see advertized but so far have not had any luck. "There are so many others like us that are looking for work. When I get a response, I dress up and go for the interview and just for a little while allow myself to hope".

Jemma and Petra both suffer from Asthma and without insurance they are not getting the treatment they so badly need.

Being over 50 Mike believes that his age is a hindrance when it comes to finding work but he still spends his days looking and hoping. In the meantime they turn to the local food bank for help with the basic necessities to keep the family fed. "I don't know what we would do without the wonderful folks at the Center" said Mike. Hopefully one day soon he will not need their help any longer, but until that day comes Mike and his family can't manage without it.

Since 2004, Edward's life has been a near-constant struggle. Shortly after losing his job due to a chronic illness, this 48 year old Iraq war veteran also received temporary custody of his ex-girlfriend's four children.

TC peopleyouhavehelped3He has since drained his savings, and cannot get by solely with the assistance of food stamps and modest disability pay. Faced with virtually no income and a newfound family to feed, Edward began to search for help. He contacted the San Antonio Food Bank for support. Through the food bank, he found out about local food services offered at a church—where he now receives groceries two Thursdays each month. "It's been a blessing because it gets me through the week," Edward explains. With the food he receives, Edward creates weekly menus for the kids—with rice and beans, he makes chalupas; with chicken and ham, he makes sandwiches.

Even with a college education and two jobs, Connie finds it difficult to consistently provide food for her three active sons all on her own. Connie's financial troubles began almost 10 years ago when she left an abusive relationship and moved to Virginia to be closer to her mother and sister.

ConnieConnie soon discovered that her local church could help her by providing food and a structured environment for her and her three sons.

Through the food pantry at the church, Connie receives the necessary food staples to ensure that she and her three children maintain a healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables are among her sons' favorite foods, and they can eat on a regular basis because of the pantry services offered at the church. Connie now volunteers every day to help others like her.

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