PENNSYLVANIA – When George suddenly lost his sales job due to the economy, it was a shock to his family. And with three young children to feed, it wasn’t long before he and his wife Becca found themselves unable to pay their bills and put food on the table.
Thankfully, George and Becca turned to an Operation Blessing-supported food pantry near their home for help with groceries and other household items. The food supplies were enough to ensure that their children wouldn’t go hungry.
“Your first thought is always, ‘I’ll go without before I let my kids go without’,” Becca said. “So knowing that they were taken care of and that they had the things they needed makes you sleep better at night.”
“It was a relief to know that we had Operation Blessing there to help us when we were in the trenches,” Becca added.To help provide for his family long term however, George had a plan to get back into the trenches—this time with the U.S. Army.
George entered the Army and was soon deployed to Afghanistan. With his steady income, Becca and the kids no longer need help from Operation Blessing or the local food pantry, but they still go there regularly—now volunteering to serve others in need.
“Becca and her family just had some struggles in their lives for a period of time,” said Gary Bellis who directs the food pantry. “And the beauty of this is we were able to help them until they could get back on their feet, and so you see that full circle where we gave them a hand up and now they’re giving back.”
“Thanks just doesn’t even cover it,” Becca said. “It kind of seems like such a small word to say because it’s amazing the lives that are touched and changed through Operation Blessing.”
Operation Blessing has been partnering with the food pantry that helped George and Becca for more than seven years, currently reaching around 1,500 families every month. Across the nation, Operation Blessing’s Hunger Strike Force trucks deliver an average of 2 million pounds of food and product to partnering food pantries every week.