Jay and her family moved to California for her husband’s commercial airline pilot job – which evaporated once they were settled. Falling from their comfortable middle class life was a shock, but Jay appreciated the Pantry as a bright spot for not only the food assistance but the new friends it offered. She was surprised at the ease with which she could access free, nutritious groceries. Now with her family back on its feet financially, Jay has not forgotten the kindness, dignity, and warmth extended by the Pantry. She volunteers and arranges food and funding drives among her colleagues in the real estate business where she now works.
Mary, mother to five children ages 5 to 16, struggled to keep food on the table after her husband’s executive search business suffered during the economic downturn. The Laguna Food Pantry helped the family stay in their home by easing the financial burden of grocery shopping. A licensed Realtor, Mary has been able to refocus her career now that her children are all in school and the economy has improved. She credits the Pantry for helping her now stable and thriving family through a difficult period.
One of our most dedicated volunteers started coming to Laguna Food Pantry as a shopper. Gisela has two children and cares for her elderly mother, who is recovering from cancer. Gisela was so grateful for the food provided to her family that she returns to volunteer one day each week to stock shelves and unload food between her work cleaning homes.