Evetta simply doesn’t stop moving. She starts practically every day with a walk – sometimes up to six miles in a single morning. And she keeps rolling after that. As the manager of a Food Pantry, Evetta has a lot to keep organized.
Evetta has been the pantry manager for the last few years. But it wasn’t always that way.
“Five years ago, my husband was in a car accident. We went from an income to absolutely no paycheck practically overnight. It was devastating,” she remembers. “The accident turned our world upside down. We didn’t know where our next meal was coming from.”
While Evetta owned her lawncare company, the single income was not enough to pay the bills and afford food for her family. That’s how Evetta found the food pantry.
“When I came to the pantry to get food, they made me feel like I wasn’t alone,” she said. “I’m not sure what we’d have done without it.”
Soon, Evetta started volunteering at the pantry, and not long after, she was brought on to help manage the weekly distributions
Then, tragedy struck. Evetta’s husband was diagnosed with fast-moving cancer and passed away less than a month later. As she tried to cope with unimaginable loss, the pantry was there for her once again.
Evetta and her family recently commemorated one year since her husband’s passing. And while there will always be room for grief and more healing to do, Evetta is moving forward.
“There is no choice in giving up,” she said. “You have to keep moving forward. It’s one day at a time; it’s one step at a time.”
Good Shepherd Food Bank works in partnership with nearly 600 hunger-relief organizations located from Kittery to Fort Kent to help distribute food to community members in need. Our network of partner agencies includes food pantries, meal sites, senior centers, school programs, and healthcare facilities. This story is from Feeding America and is representative of Maine’s neighbors.