One in six North Dakotans wake up each morning facing hunger, just like 68-year-old Marine Corp Veteran and grandfather of three, Allan Wolf. Allan is currently an over-the-road truck driver with a history of working in the construction industry, working in both fields after the completion of his decade-long military career. Over the last several years, Allan has become a regular visitor of the Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry when it stops in Casselton along with utilizing his local food pantry. It is what he needs to do to get by.
We had the opportunity to visit with Allan and his ex-wife, Lisa, as they patiently waited during a recent mobile food pantry stop and discussed their recent struggles. When the cost of fuel and groceries skyrocketed recently, the two resolved to cut out any unnecessary expenses, which included most all travel. They each stretch their budget as far as possible by eliminating more costly fruit and meats from their diet, using their local food pantry services for access to fresh, healthy produce and other nutritionally dense foods.
“It’s important. I just wouldn’t be able to get what I need,” Allan says when asked what he would do if he didn’t have access to food assistance.
Allan continues his thought while forming a frown at the corner of his mouth
“What else could we do? We would be eating a lot of Ramen and soup,” he said.
With your support of the Great Plains Food Bank, you are helping to ensure there will be food available for people like Allan and Lisa.