We met Sylvia and Maria at one of our Duluth partner food shelves that you help us support. Maria, who lives in a senior apartment community, was happy to come along with her daughter to pick up food, something she hasn’t been able to do for the past three years of the pandemic.

Being of Italian heritage, Maria loves cooking. “It gives me joy to have this food and share with my wonderful neighbors,” she explained.

Maria’s senior community benefits from her generosity. Like her, many are living on a fixed income and recent price increases for groceries and everyday essentials have made it difficult to make ends meet.

Sylvia gets emotional when she talks about her mom. “Her being healthy and having this outlet gives her a purpose in life, to be able to do what she enjoys: cooking and sharing with her community.”