“I Get Food Stamps, But When They Run Out, I’m in Trouble”: Patron Receives Food Assistance While Looking for Work

Mandy Shunnarah, GBM Communications Specialist

The patron whose story follows asked to remain anonymous, so for purposes of the story, her name has been changed to Katie. 

For Katie, coming to GBM for food assistance is temporary. “I enjoy working and I’m looking for a job, but in the meantime, these services help out a great deal,” Katie said. “The last job I had was as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and I’d like to do that again.”

Right now, Katie isn’t employed, so she doesn’t have incoming coming in. “I get food stamps, but when they run out, I’m in trouble. So until that day comes when I can get more stamps, I’ll have to come here. They’re just helping me through this small amount of time where I con’t have what I need,” Katie said. 

While Katie looks for a job, GBM is helping her and her children with food, clothes, and utilities assistance. 

“I’m glad there are services like this. And everybody here seems to be really nice,” Katie added. “They seem like they love their jobs.” To which I responded with a smile, “We do.”

If you’d like to make a donation to GBM’s food pantry for people like Katie, click here to make a monetary donation online, or you can drop food off at the GBM’s location, 2304 12th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35234, Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm. All donations are tax deductible.