People who depend on a community food bank in Fairfax County are on edge. The food bank has lost hundreds of thousands in funding and it could be forced to close its doors.
It is delivery day for the James Mott Community Assistance food pantry. 175 Fairfax County families depend on this food. People like Patricia Mendoza.
"I struggle every day," she says.
Her struggles aren’t small. Patricia is pregnant with triplets, unemployed and homeless.
Cheryl Mavritte runs the food pantry.
"If someone comes through that door and they say they're in need of food, we do not turn them away,” Mavritte says.
But now, the place that has helped so many needs help itself.
It's never easy for any food bank to survive financially, but it didn't get any easier for Mott Community Assistance when they found out from Fairfax County that they had lost out on a $180,000 grant.
They have no one to write grant applications, so it missed a Fairfax County deadline in December. Without that money, their funding runs out in June and they may have to close.
"If we're not here, where are they going to go? Where are dependencies going to happen?” asks Mavritte.
"The Mott Center is one of our very valuable non-profit partners,” says Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova.
Bulova is looking for another solution to the funding problem.
"That doesn't mean that we won't continue to work with the Mott Center and see if we can find ways for them to be able to continue their work,” Bulova says.
As for Mendoza, this is a lifeline she cannot afford to lose.
"This program is the only one who actually listened to me,” she says.
Here is how you can help. You can send a check payable to:
JMCAP11215-D Lee HighwayFairfax, VA 22030
Or you can go online to their website at jmcap.org. Just click on the donations link on the right-hand column.
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