Malena works as a medical assistant. She doesn't own a car and usually rides the bus to work. After paying rent and basic expenses, there isn't much left over. Normally, she can get by with inexpensive food items from the store down the street-a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread can go a long way. In April, she was struggling and decided to reach out.
Jalen, a young man in his mid-30s, pulls up to the pantry door. He's picking up food for himself today, but also food for two of his neighbors. There is an older gentleman who lives next door who has a chronic medical condition and trouble getting around, so Jalen usually helps him out with errands. Down the street, there is a large refugee family who is nervous about using social services but needs assistance.