Regina Overman wants you to know that it is often people just like her that need to access the services of Second Harvest Community Food Bank.
Regina and her family came to Second Harvest when unemployment struck. First, Regina lost her job at an insurance company. Then her husband also lost his job in quick succession and Regina knew they needed to get help.
Regina says that it was hard to reach out to get help, but with her husband ineligible for unemployment benefits, things were tight. The Overmans also had additional family members living with them, so Regina knew that a visit to Second Harvest was an important step in keeping the family well-cared for.
This was not the first time that Regina had reached a place where she knew she needed help. As a young single mom, Regina had once before gone through a period where she sought out assistance from local food pantries. “Having limited food resources for myself was one thing,” said Regina. “But I wasn’t willing to let my young children go without the food they needed.”
When Regina reached out to Second Harvest for help, she was surprised to find that Second Harvest was the distribution source for all of the local food pantries. The scope of the distribution system impressed her.
While Regina came to get help, she stayed to help others. She began assisting with the Backpack Buddies program, and went on to help in a variety of areas. She has stocked shelves for the food pantry and served Thanksgiving dinner. Whether organizing nutritious foods or helping someone find a seat at the Thanksgiving table, Regina knows that even an hour of donated time makes a difference to our neighbors that need a little help.
Regina is now a Harvest Ambassador, working to spread the vision of Second Harvest to build hunger-free communities. Regina knows that tough circumstances can make it hard to pay the bills and also put food on the table. After all, she’s been there herself.
I hope people will see me and know that I’m the kind of person that uses a food pantry. I’m like so many people that have the skills, training and desire to make ends meet, but so often events align in a way that families just need a little help,” she says.
Regina also wants the community to know that the time spent volunteering at Second Harvest is valuable to our neighbors in need. “I suggest people spend even just an hour or two working to help food insecure families, so they’ll gain a better understanding of the need and what it takes to meet that need,” she says.
Many of our neighbors that use the services at Second Harvest are, in fact, just like you. They are like Regina, who needed temporary assistance to get back on her feet between jobs.
When Second Harvest helped Regina, however, they gained a pair of helping hands and an Ambassador for ending hunger! Learn more today about how you can get involved.