Roy’s Story – Unexpected Medical Bills and Facing Hunger

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger, Newsy

Roy used to be able help others financially, but now he and his family are the ones who need help.  Roy has a great job in the medical field and when he’s healthy, his income takes care of him, his wife and their son. This year, after five unexpected major surgeries, Roy had to take a leave from work and the medical expenses drained all the family’s savings. His wife is a retail cashier and her income doesn’t go far enough.  Recently, Roy’s family had no food in the house and no money to restock their pantry.  Fortunately, a local pantry was there to help.  They delivered fresh produce, dairy, protein and other items to last the family more than a week. A couple weeks later, Roy felt a little better and showed up to help with the food distribution. He choked up as he expressed his gratitude for Food Bank and the Rockies and our partner agency, “It’s nice to know there are folks out there that are carrying on this kind of an outreach in the community and I just want to say how much I appreciate it, so thank you!”  Food assistance is critical to the health and well being of families like Roy’s and can mean the difference between hunger and healing.