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How SW HOPE and the Food Pantry Help Our Neighbors

Steve was teaching music online and delivering for Uber Eats to pay the bills when the pandemic hit. Due to an autoimmune condition, it was too risky for Steve to continue to deliver food as COVID threatened the public’s health. When his unemployment benefits ran out a few months ago, Steve needed a good way to save money for other important expenses.

Steve started coming to the Neighborhood House Food Pantry every two weeks for the last two months. It has been a lifeline while he waits for a safe working environment.

“[The Pantry] has a good selection compared to others,” Steve said. “It’s nice to be able to do your own shopping – less food goes to waste that way.”

Steve was also excited to find a wide array of gluten-free options available. Due to his condition, gluten-free foods are much healthier for him. He also feels that the Pantry is doing a good job of keeping people safe from COVID.

“Everyone is really nice [at the pantry],” he said. “The volunteers are friendly and I like coming here.”