FALLBROOK — Jeanne Jerkovich receives less than $800 a month from Social Security – her only means of support.
She presently has a broken ankle and uses crutches to get around. She anticipates she will be on crutches for at least six months.
“I’m very glad that there is Fallbrook Food Pantry to help,” said Jerkovich. “The food is good quality and provides part of a balanced diet as well as a treat. It really helps me to make ends meet each month.”
“The food pantry really helps us a lot,” agreed Beatriz and Rosa Gonzales. “Besides the good food we receive, we appreciate the free clothing that is there for us. It is really nice that the pantry often gives us a birthday cake for our children on their birthdays.”
The Fallbrook Food Pantry serves approximately 500 families each week. Previously, the number of children exceeded adults. Now, the number of adults has expanded.
The pantry is seeing many more seniors in need of help, with the cost of rent and medications taking priority over basic food needs. Single workers are pressed with the cost of gas, low wages and insufficient work to meet their food needs.
By supporting the Thanksgiving Walk/Run to Feed the Hungry on November 14, individuals can help the Fallbrook Food Pantry continue to provide the assistance needed by many members of the community.