Linda Shaw lives day by day. But some days are harder than others. She’s on social security and disability but said she makes a hair too much to qualify for more assistance.
“Everybody always says, ‘I’m sorry but you make $6 too much.’ It’s the hard truth, it really is,” she said.
That reality means sometimes she has food, and sometimes she doesn’t.
“I have to pay for my car, car insurance, my light bill. Have no cable, no internet, nothing extra. And sometimes it comes down to medicine or food,” said Linda.
She said life can be a struggle. But you’d never know it talking to her. She has a smile that lights up a room. She dresses her best – even just to walk her dog. And she keeps a positive attitude.
During a recent Saturday morning mobile food pantry in her neighborhood, she was first in line to receive food. And she went through the line with such appreciation for every item being handed to her.
“I got some snack baggies so I can put stuff in the freezer, strawberries, I got some sausage so I can make some sausage kale soup,” she said as she shuffled through her bag. “Half-and-Half to go in my coffee! And I need all of it, so thank you so much.”
On that particular Saturday morning, Linda was one of 517 people receiving high-quality, fresh food from the mobile pantry. In total that day, Feeding Northeast Florida provided 6,180 meals to Linda and her community.
All of them left with smiles. For them, a little kindness goes a long way.
“This is a Godsend to get something to eat,” Linda said with tears in her eyes.