Once a month, the residents at Judson Terrace Homes, a living complex for low-income seniors, get together for our Senior Food Distribution. This event does not only supply them with the food they need but also offers a great way to socialize and talk to each other. Many are thankful for the support they receive because they do not own a car which, in addition to financial difficulties, limits their ability to provide for themselves.
Three of the individuals that enjoy the social gathering before the start of the food distribution are Ashawna, Debi and Bryan. Debi has just moved to Judson Terrace and is attending for the first time. She has heard others praise the fresh fruits and vegetables and is looking forward to receiving some for herself. Ashawna on the other hand is close to celebrating her first anniversary. She has missed the very first food distribution right after she moved in but has come here for every other one since then.
When Ashawna was raising and homeschooling her daughter, she struggled to make enough money to get by so she accepted support from the local food bank. In return, she volunteered at food distributions that her church organized. “I remember that we purchased a large quantity of food from the food bank for only a fraction of the money you would pay at a grocery store,” she recalled. “Then my church turned around and made that food available for everyone in the community.” This wonderful experience during that time showed Ashawna the great impact human actions of generosity and kindness can have on everyone involved. When her daughter was in her teenage years, Ashawna encouraged her to volunteer in the food bank’s warehouse because she wanted her to understand the work, logistics and resources that go into a community’s support network. Even now, as a senior living at Judson Terrace Homes, Ashawna wants to volunteer at the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County because she iseager to continue giving back.