Month: October 2019

Unsung Hero Highlight: Ruby Red

Whenever we tell stories about the impact of our work here at the Food Bank Coalition, we focus on our recipients, volunteers and donors. But there is actually one additional group of people that often goes unnoticed. It’s the silent helpers that come to pick up food, not for themselves but for someone else. Some are employed as caregivers like Cindy who attends our Public Food Distributions at the 2nd Baptist Church in Paso Robles. However, others give of their time only for the purpose of helping someone else in need.

One of these unsung heroes is Ruby who is known in the community as “Ruby Red”, as she told us herself, because she drives a red Toyota Corolla. Ruby visits our Public Neighborhood Food Distribution on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Senior Center in San Luis Obispo to collect a food share for an elderly woman that lives in a mobile home park for senior citizens. Both of them know each other from gatherings at their local religious community.

Ruby, whose husband manages the mobile home park called “Silver City” on South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo, is well informed about the responsibilities that come with her care. She and the lady have filled out the alternate pick-up forms that are available for those who are unable to attend a distribution and have someone else pick up food for them. Ruby also knows that the lady has a monthly household income of less than $1,200 which falls within the income guidelines of the emergency food assistance program. “Many people live on a monthly budget that is barely enough to pay all of the bills and then they have to make sacrifices,” explained Ruby because financial struggles even forced the elderly lady to sell her car. So, in addition to delivering food, Ruby and her husband now also pick her up whenever they come together for their local community meetings.

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