Rebecca’s Story

Rebecca at a mobile food pantry in Benton, MO.

Going without a paycheck for over a month can take a toll. It’s especially hard for Rebecca because she has two grandchildren who depend on her.

Before COVID-19 hit the heartland, she worked as a waitress and bartender at a Sikeston restaurant. As the virus spread and the stay-at-home order was issued, the restaurant closed and she was let go.

“I’ve been unemployed for about a month, month and a half. I don’t know when I’ll be able to go back,” Rebecca said.

With little-to-no money and two hungry grandchildren, she started visiting food pantries provided by Southeast Missouri Food Bank and its partners. The food she receives lasts her family about two weeks.

“It comes in very helpful, and I truly appreciate everything we get,” she said.

Even with the little money she has for food, Rebecca noticed grocery prices have gone up in recent weeks.

“One of my kids called me up and said he couldn’t afford eggs so I had to send him to his sister’s house to get some,” she said.

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