“I am very pleased that Second Harvest is able to help everyone in my community who shows up for food during this tough time.”

“I am very pleased that Second Harvest is able to help everyone in my community who shows up for food during this tough time.”

– Tuyet, San Jose

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Tuyet made the difficult choice to leave her children in Vietnam in order to take care of her 77-year-old mother who was living alone in San Jose.

Proudly sharing that she used to work 30 days a month, Tuyet admits that asking for help is difficult.

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Guadalupe, her husband and their kids live in South San Francisco. When one of her children was diagnosed with autism, she became a stay-at-home mom to help support his development.

Once the spread of COVID-19 forced everyone to shelter in place, her husband lost his hourly wages as an Uber/Lyft driver.

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It’s been difficult for Lai’s family to cover their expenses since her husband lost his machinist job, and COVID-19 has only made things harder.

Lai felt hopeful when her husband booked a second-round job interview in March, but the meeting was canceled because of shelter in place.

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Natasha has come a long way in the last year – she had to rebuild her life after escaping an abusive relationship. Unfortunately in doing so she lost everything in the process, except for her two kids –16-year-old Tyler and 6-year-old Kai.

Today she is an accountant at a local children’s hospital and looking forward to the future.

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“[During home delivery], little old ladies will smile and say thank you or try and hand you a mask to say thank you and say, ‘stay safe.’ I don’t have my grandmother anymore and we were really close. The little old ladies all remind me of my grandmother.”

– True Tourtillott, Team Rubicon volunteer