Howard’s Story

Howard stopped by Good Neighbor Pantry for first time food assistance.

It’s been over a month since Missouri’s stay-at-home order was issued, forcing many businesses to close and leaving numerous people out of a job. Even with the amount of time that has gone by, it still is shocking for some.

Howard still finds it hard to believe.

“I never imagined something like this would happen,” he said.

Howard is a retired Vietnam veteran who worked part-time for a nursing home helping out where he could. Due to COVID-19 and his employee status as non-essential, he was let go.

In search of food for himself and his wife, he heard that the Good Neighbor Pantry, run by Southeast Missouri Food Bank and its volunteers, was giving out food to those in need.

In this time of crisis, he said it’s important that everyone works together to get through this.

“It takes everybody’s effort to make this work. I appreciate everything you guys are doing,” Howard said.

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