Miles is a special client of Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. A single father to a soon-to-be 12-year old boy, he is a kind eyed man who has worked hard to turn his life around. Because of chronic health problems, Miles and his son live off his Social Security—something notoriously hard for a family to get by on. The pantry volunteers, he explains, not only help with their food need but also give him the compassion and strength to continue keeping on.
“I don't just look forward to going to the Food Bank to pick up my food. I look forward to going to the Food Bank to see some happy faces, to talk. Even if I got things on my mind, I throw it at them and they throw a little something right back, and it’ll be alright. It means a lot to me.”
Miles is also grateful to the Food Bank for helping him learn to use the food he does have more efficiently. His excitement is clear when he shares how they have helped him learn how to shop properly and even how to cook. He cannot say enough good things about the pantry staff and volunteers who give this service to his family—specifically the loving, judgement-free atmosphere they provide.
“When you look to somebody for help, and that person gives it back to you with a smile on their face, never looks at you differently— it’s awesome. I appreciate it. I really do.” He flashes a dazzling smile.