Community Hardships

Life can be tough for people in smaller communities. This was the common theme expressed at a recent mobile food pantry in Piedmont, MO.

Robert sits in the back of his van awaiting to get food.

Robert, from Piedmont, who came to get food for his house said times are tough for him and the community because of a lack of job opportunities nearby.

“It’s hard to make a living these days, so thanks for everything people donate,” he said.

Piedmont lost many jobs last year when a major retailer closed up shop. Linda, also from Piedmont, worked at that store and chose to retire after the store closed.

Linda, happy to get the much needed food.

Linda said because of the store closure, the price of groceries and supplies have gone up. That’s the main reason she was at the mobile food pantry: she needed extra food.

She was appreciative of what the donors, volunteers and Southeast Missouri Food Bank do.

“This is wonderful,” Linda said.

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