Paulina with her Newborn
All Peoples Program Facilitator Aracely Corona shares a moment from our All Peoples Supplemental Food Program:
Meet Paulina. Paulina is a 35 year old Latina women with three children. She walked into our supplemental food program with her new born daughter in her hands. She was accompanied by her sister. Paulina sat down at our intake table expressing that she needed emergency food since her husband had recently been laid off. As staff listened to her story, it was evident that she was also in need of a stroller. All Peoples had recently received a pallet of children’s items earlier that week through the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. In that donation, there was a stroller that also came with a car seat that fortunately was still available for distribution. Staff and interns worked to assemble the stroller, and when the stroller was ready, we surprised the client with the stroller. She was overjoyed with the surprise and expressed that she wanted to cry of happiness. Staff and volunteers helped Paulina in loading her bags of food into the stroller. She disclosed that her birthday had just passed and that this was a great belated birthday present. Paulina could not believe that she had received a stroller; one that she had always wanted for her baby. Paulina’s sister was also provided a bag of food. All Peoples’ staff and volunteers in the supplemental food program that day were humbled by the gratitude that was expressed by Paulina.
All Peoples Supplemental Food Program continues to seek an increase in donations to be able to support families in need of assistance from our Food Program as well as other Programs offered at All Peoples.