Hunger Awareness: Struggles The Disabled Face

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Rosemary Pellet was a nurse for 25 years until she became disabled and her doctor wouldn’t allow her to work. Without an income to support herself, she turned to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and it’s partner at Tioga County Rural Ministry.

Asking for help was something she never expected she would have to do.

“It was very, very difficult for me,” Pellet said. “I was not only a caregiver by profession, but I’m also a caregiver by personality. I don’t know how to ask for help.”

Pellet says the food, toiletries, and support she receives each month from the ministry is life saving. She never anticipated she would be in this situation, and wishes everyday that she was healthy enough to work. She has a message for those who have misconceptions about the members of our community who need a little extra help to get by.

“Don’t judge,” Pellet said. “If you’re able to help and you don’t because you are judging and saying ‘oh well they could go get a job’, you need to look at me and you need to look at several people like me. We worked our entire lives and it’s out of our hands.”

If you’re working and able, she says it’s important to give back because you never know when something like this could happen to you.

“Ask yourself what would happen if that was gone one day just like that, you are no longer able to do any of that,” Pellet said. “How would you survive? We need your help.”

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