For years, Darrell worked hard and supported his family — which included raising five children.
But in 2005, a series of health issues got so severe that he was forced to stop working. In addition to being diagnosed with diabetes, Darrell also deals with bulging discs in his back, carpal tunnel in both hands, pins in each of his hips and most recently has had to get hip surgery on his left side. His wife is also disabled and is unable to work due to mental health problems.
While they receive disability checks, living on a fixed income means they don’t always have enough money for food after paying for all of their other necessary living expenses.
That’s why Darrell is grateful that for the past three years, they’ve been able to receive food from the BritVil Community Food Pantry, a partner of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, to help them stretch their budget from month to month.
“If it wasn’t for these guys, I don’t know what I’d do,” Darrell says. “It helps a lot — so much.”
Darrell receives enough food that he and his wife are even able to prepare meals for their grandchildren when they come over to visit, and he’s able to take food to his 85-year-old mother who isn’t able to get to the food pantry on her own.
“The people here, they go out of their way to do things for people,” Darrell says. “They can see that anybody’s just a step away from being hungry.”
Through your support, you’re helping to ease the burden for so many of our older Oklahoma neighbors living on fixed incomes. Because of you, they don’t have to worry about not being able to stretch their limited budgets. Thank you!