Carmela’s Story

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger

When you meet our senior box delivery driver, Peggy, you can’t help but notice her shining smile. She has one of the best jobs in the place because she gets to deliver food to home bound seniors like Carmela.

At 93, you’d never know Carmela needed help. When we interviewed her, she appeared spunky and sharp with lots of stories to tell. An adventurer, Carmela’s home was filled with treasures, photos and trinkets from all around the globe. She also showed us a few photos of her favorite celebrity, Frank Sinatra and told us her favorite Sinatra song was “My Way” because she lived such an independent life and tells us, “I did everything my way!”

Carmela remained positive, even though she was struggling with serious health issues.  Thankfully, hunger wasn’t one of her struggles because her monthly food box delivery insured she had good food to eat.  We were saddened to learn she passed away not long after we interviewed her.  Carmela touched our hearts and we hope her story touches yours too. Thank you for learning about Carmela, Food Bank of the Rockies and how we help seniors. Your support means the world, not only to us, but also to all the people we help who are struggling with hunger.