“Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Raquel and her family have become recipients of your generosity — a gift that continues to give across the Treasure Coast this holiday season.

Raquel recalls first visiting The Mustard Seed Thrift Store to donate some items from her home. In her act of generosity, she stumbled across the Mustard Seed Food Pantry, an agency partner of Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Raquel works two jobs – as a doula and prenatal yoga instructor to support her three children. But lately, her income has been unstable, and the high cost of food has made it even more difficult to keep enough healthy food on the table.

Picking up groceries at the pantry has given Raquel relief, she says, knowing her family has fresh food for up to 10 days. Raquel especially enjoys making spaghetti for her family with the food she receives from the pantry.

“You have to let go of pride and ego in order to allow people to help you,” Raquel says encouraging her neighbors who may also be facing hunger. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Thanks to donors like you, Raquel and many more Treasure Coast neighbors have nourishing food to support their families this holiday season and throughout the new year ahead.