Voices of IFC
[IFC provides] the kindness and support of keeping the faith [that] is so important when you feel that there is no hope anymore and you cannot keep going on with life. I want to thank you all for being here, for if it were not for IFC I would feel, ‘where would I go? What would I do?’ The love and kindness is more important I feel and the food – it’s also food for my soul and I’m so grateful for everything and everyone who gives their time to [IFC].
“Walking up to IFC for the first time was so hard, realizing my family had nowhere else to go for food. We barely had enough money to pay rent, let alone buy food, but when you guys told me I could come twice a week to get food for my family I almost started to cry with joy. You gave me hope in a very trying time, the volunteers at IFC always greet you with a smile and never once have I felt guilt for having to come here. […] I leave there feeling so great that my family has food to eat.”
“IFC means I have a place that I can count on to get food!!! I have a heart condition and am on SSI so the food really helps! It benefits me to know that I won’t get hungry or go hungry. My income from SSI barely pays my bills.”
“I’m able to buy my meds and pay my bills without any trouble like I used to before when I had to spend money on food, money I didn’t have to begin with. I am a senior citizen and I’m on a fixed income. So you mean to me, my next full meal and my ability to pay for gas and electricity.”
“My name is Lillian. I would like to share this comment. I used to pass IFC and look at the people standing in line for food. I used to thank God for my job and hope I would never be in that situation.
In 2008 I lost my job of 15 years. In disbelief I struggled. Lost 2 vehicles. No insurance, just total chaos, plus going through second loan modification. I got hungry several times and decided to register for your food. IFC has given me hope in people. I found myself joining church. I found myself not so depressed. If I didn’t go [to IFC] it was because I didn’t feel I needed it. That’s when I would get my unemployment. I figured, ‘Let the ones who have kids get it.’
I have finished school, need to finish externship so I can work again, and pass by IFC and thank God you guys are still helping people.
“Many years ago I read in my church bulletin about IFC needing help. That was over 26 years ago. I have been volunteering ever since. The last 6 years my husband Joe joined me to help. We are both blessed to help and love it a lot. […] We both feel blessed to work in a place with so much food is available […] The work is rewarding.
The most meaningful experience was years ago. A middle aged man came in week after week, always thanking everyone for being there to serve food. After maybe a year or so we did not see him. One day we received a beautiful letter. He said if it were not for the food he received, he did not know how we was going to make it today. His hard times got better, got a job and did not need the helping hand. That just made me want to help even more. [..] There are many grateful people been in hard times. We do make a difference in their life. How can you not be grateful to be there to help?”
“I heard about IFC through networking at church and the Alvarez Center, whom IFC interacts with. Volunteering at IFC is a humbling experience, and makes me feel like a small drop of water in a big ocean. It amazes me how many hands and mindful efforts it takes to assemble such a wonderful program for the community. […] It has only been one month, but I wish to continue this wonderful, spiritual, and sometimes tiring journey with IFC.”
“I went with [my neighbor] one day and I’ve been going once a week ever since. And I’ve been going over 6 years now.”
“We are eager and enthusiastic about helping out in any way we can. […] Volunteering, to us, means to tell others less fortunate than us by giving our time and energy to a valuable and worthy program or organization like IFC.”
“I told you I was doing it to give to them but they’re starting to give to me.”