Sustaining Her Family No Matter the Hurdles

Mara and her kids at a mobile pantry
Mara and two of her children arrived at their local mobile pantry in Denver early to ensure they would have enough food for the week. Mara’s husband works full-time and she’s a stay-at-home parent. Their budget gets stretched to the limit each month. / Photo by Ellen Burkhardt

Two hours before her local mobile pantry opened for the morning, Mara pulled into the parking lot and secured her place in line. While her husband works full-time, Mara also works: taking care of their children and researching all available resources to help their family get by; her husband’s salary is just enough so that they can’t qualify for SNAP benefits. 

“Every month we’re struggling. As soon as we’re saving the little we have, after we pay the bills and rent and everything, we are like, okay, well, this is just for gas,” said Mara. “We need a bigger car because we’re a family of five, so to fill up it’s $300 or $400 a month.” 

In addition to getting food from Food Bank of the Rockies’ mobile pantries each month, Mara also knows where to go for diaper donations and other assistance. Everything counts. 

“Everything keeps going up in price, and every penny we earn goes to necessities: bills, gas, rent, car maintenance, things for the kids,” she said. “We struggle, but thank goodness for resources like this.” 

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