Interview conducted on June 5, 2020
Victory House Community Resource Center food distribution event in Tallahassee, Fl, which served 500 families.
“I never in a million years thought I would be in a position to have to ask for help.”
Roberta grew up in Tallahassee and moved back here three years ago from the Atlanta area, where she served as CEO for a nonprofit. She has always
been a professional; independent and able to care for herself and her family.
Today, she is a senior with significant health issues, responsible for herself and her husband who is 14 years older. She is currently unemployed, and lives in a 55 and over senior community that is 100% under-served. They depend on Second Harvest and our partner agencies to help them make it during this unprecedented time.
“We are in that group of people who qualify for some services, but we don’t qualify for many…and we find ourselves needing help.”
Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, Roberta has had a difficult time finding employment, further complicating her finances, and making it even more difficult to make ends meet.
Roberta expressed her sincere appreciation for the food she received, and for the generosity of donors who are helping fill the gap for those in need right now.
“One of things our family has really depended on every week for the past year is Second Harvest. I have the ability to come and get fresh fruits and vegetables for my family, including my grandchildren.”
“Do I want to be in this situation? No. Do I plan to seek gainful employment when I have the opportunity so that I can work, provide for my family and give back to the community? Absolutely.”