When people meet Aaron, they respond to his warm smile. In fact, he radiates kindness and is very open and engaging. Until you get to know him, you’d
never guess the tragic details of his early life. For like thousands of homeless young people, Aaron’s story is unsettling, yet distressingly familiar.
Eleven years ago, when he reached 18, Aaron’s stepfather kicked him out. As with too many teenagers, Aaron lost his home and his security in the blink of an eye. With no place to go and no resources, Aaron spent the next 11 years often living in the woods, and “dumpster diving” for food just to survive.
Today, Aaron is 29 years old, and life is looking up. With assistance from a local social service agency, he no longer lives in the woods, and is currently residing at a safe hotel.
We met Aaron during a Second Harvest food bank event in partnership with Good Samaritan Network, a Second Harvest partner pantry. Aaron learned about the pantry from a friend, and because he doesn’t own a car, he often walks to Good Samaritan’s food distributions to stock up on healthy, nutritious food for the coming week.
As we sat and chatted with Aaron, he was very thankful for the nutritious food he received which was provided by Second Harvest.
“It makes me feel good that I can come here today and get free food when I don’t have any money,” Aaron reflected. On that day, Aaron received fresh milk, bread, apples, and non-perishable canned and boxed goods in his food kit.