From Hungry to Hopeful
Stories of Hope


A helicopter accident during his tour of duty in Afghanistan left James unable to walk. At the Hines VA Food Pantry, he receives food for his young kids — and hope for his recovery.

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The Breaking Bread soup kitchen helped Phil make ends meet after he lost his wife and his job. Four years later, he is employed full-time. He returns to the soup kitchen to volunteer and to play piano.

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When her mother lost her job, 7-year-old Cristal went to school hungry. She struggled to focus in class. With help from the food her family receives from a Healthy Kids Market, Cristal is soaring.

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After serving in the Marines, chronic illness left Bob homeless and unable to work. He received food and assistance with housing at the Hines VA. Now he gives back to other veterans as a pantry volunteer.

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