“Whatever they give me, I’m thankful for,” Williams said.Johnny Gore, 60, also has mouths to feed. His four children range in age from 3 to 13 years old. Gore hasn’t been able to work since 2006 because of severe arthritis and hip replacement surgeries, he said. Paying for even the most basic necessities is hard on a fixed income, he said. “It’s really tough, but we try to make it work,” Gore said. “A lot of times we come down here (to the Fellowship pantry) and it helps."
"It's an uplifting experience. It gives us some kind of hope," Gore said.Odessa Woods, 62, is a retired preschool teacher of 40 years. Most preschools do not offer retirement, including Woods’ former employer, she said. She lives on Supplemental Security Income, which covers her rent and bills. “A pantry like this is vital because people like me really need it,” Woods said. “Without it, I am not sure how I would eat.”