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Food Bank Hunger Awareness Story: San Antonio, Texas

Disasters Happen Every Day

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November 29, 2007

This summer brought more rain than in recent years. In mid-August, Tropical Storm Erin pounded the area with seven inches of rain. Many parts of the city were flooded. One neighborhood in particular, Five Palms, was hit hard. This was supposed to be a time when families are thinking about back to school shopping. However, for one family in particular, it was a time to put the pieces of their life back together.

Alisa, a stay at home mom, takes care of nine children while her husband works hard to provide for their family. She had already done the shopping for the kids when the storm hit. Her house was flooded, up to six inches of water covered her entire floor. Some food that was in her pantry was ruined, her furniture was destroyed, and the school supplies that she had in bags in her closet floor were lost.

In an instant, Alisa and her family lost so much and didn’t know how they were going to get back on their feet.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross provided the neighborhood with emergency relief and referred Alisa to the San Antonio Food Bank for assistance.

At the Food Bank, Alisa spoke with Nancy Sanchez, SAFB Social Services Team Leader, and explained her situation. Nancy was able to help Alisa get emergency food stamp assistance and some grocery products from our warehouse.

The San Antonio Food Bank Social Service Outreach program assists with application and recertification for federal programs to help families become more self-sufficient. These programs include Food Stamps, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, WIC and more. According to Hunger in America, a report on emergency food distribution, 41% of the household the San Antonio Food Bank assists have at least one employed adult.

With our assistance, Alisa was able to relax, knowing that she would be able to provide her family with a hearty meal.