London is a young man who loves to read and has a personality that shines as bright as his smile. We met him a while ago at Pinecrest Elementary School in Immokalee, where we hold a mobile pantry.
The students at his school all live below the poverty level. London has a positive outlook and dreams for the future. “I want to grow up to be a person that helps other people,” he said.
His mother, Marbel, works as an administrative assistant and recently had to miss a lot of work due to her younger children’s medical evaluations.
“I’m married with four children. I believe life is what you make of it, and I enjoy helping when I can and however I can. But sometimes, life just happens,” Marbel said. “If you don’t work, you don’t get a paycheck.” Sometimes, she had to make the difficult choice between paying a bill or buying groceries. Sometimes, buying any kind of food felt out of reach.
Grateful for the food she received at the mobile pantry, Marbel sent this note:
“My family and I would like to thank you for supporting families who need and rely on the Harry Chapin Food Bank to get by. We are one of those families. Thank you, and we appreciate all that you do.”