TUCSON, Ariz. — The 10th annual HungerWalk kicked off at Sam Lena Park today to bring awareness to hunger needs in the community.
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona does more than provide food for families and seniors, it also helps people find jobs. In Beth Goldenbogen’s case, it changed her life.
“Coming home from prison and not being able to find employment...nobody would give me a chance, but they offered me that chance and to see myself grow. Now I am a homeowner, I have a brand new car. I'm really proud of myself,” Goldenbogen said.
Now her success story continues, as she has gone from using the community food bank to working there as a lead for the Senior Meals Program.
“It's given me confidence. It's given me myself respect back. It's given me the respect of my family and it makes my heart warm, it makes me feel good,” added Goldenbogen.
She also said that seeing hundreds showing up for the event warmed her heart. In fact, nearly 1,300 people stepped in solidarity with Beth and so many others. Michael McDonald, the CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona said the non-profit has helped so many throughout the years.
“Most of our families who receive services once a month at the food bank are working families and it's so good to have the community to support working families to get a little extra help," McDonald said.
As it turns out, the community food bank got lots of help on the assembly line with hundreds packing up bags for future families because lending a helping hand is what it's all about.
“There are so many people that care about people going hungry and people doing without,” Goldenbogen said.
As the event wrapped up, it was obvious there was one theme that carried out throughout the day: If you need help, whether it be with food or a job, all you have to do is ask.
“It definitely has given me a second chance. Yes without [them] I wouldn't have had a chance. It has changed my life,” said Goldenbogen, with tears in her eyes.
For every dollar you donate, the community food bank goes and turns that into $9 of food for families in need. If you would like more information on how you can get involved, visit the website below here.