Client Quotes

The following quotes were published in the 2017 Minnesota Food Shelf Client Survey conducted by Hunger Solutions Minnesota and SuperShelf.  The quotes below were part of the July 18, 2018 Carver County report with 3 participating food shelves. NOTE: Quotes are reported verbatim and only edited when necessary to protect client identity. 

“With 4 kids, food goes fast. Rent is high and all other living expenses. Receiving food means being able to go to the doctors or school meetings without having to worry about gas money as much, making sure my family is healthy & happy.”

“It’s a comfort to me to have the food shelf available. I have food allergies and sensitivities so I really appreciate when I can find items that I can eat. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of $$ to live one and most of my money goes for rent. I appreciate the people that volunteer at the food shelf here! Thanks for being here!”

“This food shelf is important because we struggle daily to make ends meet. The food shelf is a lifesaver.”

“Our food bank is so great! They always have a good variety. We are a one income family. We live more rural and with the head of household working long hours it has been difficult to find a second income that pays enough to cover child care.”

“The food shelf helps us to provide meals including school lunches for our children when we’re running low on money.”

“We receive most of our monthly household food from this location. We are low-income and struggle to pay our monthly bills let alone purchase food for ourselves. This place has been a godsend.”

“I am a single mother of two and my income has to stretch too far sometimes. This food shelf allows me to have one less expense so that my family can stay above water. Thank you.”

“Single dad with a daughter. It is hard to work enough (daycare, baby sitters are expensive) to cover every expense.”

“As I am the only one working at home, this shelf food help me and my family to complete at least a half of the food we need to buy for the month and we do appreciate it. Thanks.”

“I’m a single mom with a mental illness living with my 60 year old mother who helps me support my 5-year-old daughter. I work full time, but with no college degree, it’s a struggle to make ends meet with daycare/preschool costs so high. The food shelf has saved us. Without it our lives would have been far more difficult.”