“The food I get here is so high-quality. Everyone in my household eats vegetables and I can get enough to last the week,” Les says. “I pack them in my daughter’s lunchbox, and she loves them.”
Les has been visiting the Family Medical Center pantry for about three years and says one of the reasons he shops there is the staff. “Laura is amazing,” he says. “During COVID she kept it together and kept everyone going. The entire staff is awesome.”
Even though he enjoys shopping at FMC, he does have one small request. “I miss the book stand,” he says. “I love to read, and I used to bring books in to donate and take a few to read myself. It was a great book exchange. I hope it comes back once the pandemic is over.”
Jerry recently lost his wife and relocated to Colorado from North Carolina. He found out about the Food Bank and the Family Medical Clinic pantry from a friend.
“I’ve been coming for about a year,” Jerry says. “I shop about once a week and I love the rice, beans, and especially the vegetables.”
In addition to the fresh food and selection, Jerry really appreciates the staff at FMC. “Everyone here is very helpful,” he says. “They actually try and guide you to eat healthy food options.”
“I love all the veggies. I still love sweets every now and then, but I try and stick with the veggies,” says Ernest, a client of the Family Medical Clinic pantry since 2018.
Ernest is always watching what he eats, especially food that can increase his cholesterol count. “Potato chips are my weakness, so I try to avoid them as much as possible,” he says. “That’s why I like coming here; the food is really good – especially the produce. And by coming here I can save a little money.”
He also likes the community feel of the FMC pantry. “The people here are really sensitive. You can tell they’re good people,” he says. “I’ve seen others come here looking for a specific food item and when they don’t have it, the staff feels really bad. I mean, they try hard to make sure there’s a lot of food for everyone.”
When asked why she shops at the Food Bank, Lisa simply says, “Because I need to. I can’t afford the cost of groceries.” The food she gets at the Food Bank helps her save money for other expenses like repairs for her car.
Lisa has been visiting the Food Bank for about two years and thinks it’s been terrific. Occasionally, she even gets a bit of a surprise. “We love to make tacos and one time I stopped in on the chance I would find some tortilla chips. Wouldn’t you know, I was able to grab a bag of Tostitos to go with dinner that night.”
“I’ve been coming to the food bank for several years and it’s been a great help,” says Nora. “The food is really great and we get items like meat, chicken, and seafood.”
Like so many in our community, COVID-19 changed things for Nora and her family. “When the Coronavirus pandemic started, I left my job because I was very scared,” she says. “Now only my husband works, so we budget a lot and the Food Bank really helps us save money for other needs.” Adding, “The food bank helps us a lot, especially for a big family like mine. It’s a blessing.”
“Robin has been shopping at the Food Bank’s Loveland pantry for about two years and says the staff and volunteers are just “awesome.” During the pandemic she has missed being able to shop for the food herself. “I miss the client choice. I miss the people inside,” she says. “I use about 90% of the food I receive and what I can’t use I give to others. I try to pay it forward.” When she shops she’s most appreciative when there is milk, eggs and bread.
“This past year has been very difficult,” says Linda. “I mean, we aren’t starving, but times are tough and the food we get at the Food Bank helps so much.” Linda has noticed that she’s receiving more food when she visits the Food Bank and thinks that is a real positive. “You can tell the way some of the food is packaged that it is restaurant quality. We use what we can and then we make sure others have what they need,” she says. “We just want to make sure everyone is OK.”
Thinking about her experience at the Food Bank, Linda really appreciates the kindness she receives. “Everyone is so sweet. It’s a blessing,” she says. “Thank you, Colorado, in general for being so supportive.”
“Because of COVID, I lost my job. It’s definitely been a tough year,” says Patricia. “The Food Bank has helped out a lot. We wouldn’t make it without you,” she says. Still, she remains hopeful for what the next year will bring.
Patricia loves to cook for her and her son. “I can make anything out of anything,” she says. “I don’t usually have money to go to the grocery store like I used to, so the food we get here is wonderful. It helps tremendously.”