We hear many stories about working people struggling to pay for groceries, healthcare, and other basic expenses. Your donations help people like Mr. Kit Carroll know there’s one thing he doesn’t have to worry about – food.
Our staff met Mr. Carroll just last month at the Tangi Food Pantry in Hammond. He is 62 years old, and he and his wife have three grown children, eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Carroll works part-time as a certified medical assistant and his wife is retired, and they just don’t earn enough to make ends meet. They struggle to pay their biggest bills: housing, a car note, and their car insurance.
They visit the Tangi Food Pantry for a monthly food box. “We wouldn’t have made it this week because we were running out of food,” he told us. “It’s like this month after month because ends are just not meeting. We’re working hard. We’re doing what we can.”
His wife has diabetes and requires a special diet and medication. And while his wife is 66 and is covered under Medicare, he is younger and doesn’t have health insurance.
He said, “I’ve tried Medicare twice. Been turned down, can’t get insurance, although I’m perfectly healthy. It’s cost prohibitive. I just can’t afford it. It’s equal to what I make per month, so that’s just not going to happen.”
Mr. Carroll is grateful for the food you help Second Harvest provide to people in need. He had a final message to share with us, “Please, if you can donate, God bless you.”