This free distribution site has also served clients like Roberto (pictured below). Monday, June 21 was Roberto’s first time getting food from one of our partners.
On Roberto’s bike was a cargo trailer where he could stack all the boxes of food he received for his seven-person household.
“I ride my bike by here every day, and every Monday I see a lot of people lined up for food and I thought, ‘I should go,’” Roberto said.
Roberto is a freelance worker for a downtown street team in Palo Alto that does street cleaning and homeless community outreach. He helps the unhoused find housing, get medical attention and schedule treatments. Roberto also makes a little bit of money selling rosaries (prayer beads) outside of different churches in San Jose.
Roberto shared that he used to feel embarrassed about the thought of getting food assistance for himself and his family, but not anymore.
“I’m not doing anything wrong, and I need it. That’s the truth. I need food right now.”