Pandemic Impacts Maria

December 2020: For the past 4 years, Maria has worked in the mental health care industry and often referred her clients to Bidwell Riverside’s Food & Clothing Pantry when they needed some extra help. Maria frequently volunteered at Bidwell and donated food when she had some extra as a way to give back to the community. Then in March when the pandemic hit, Maria lost her job and was homeless with her 13-year-old daughter Isabella. Maria started coming to receive food and toiletries from Bidwell until she got back on her feet. Two weeks ago, she accepted a position in the mental healthcare industry!
Maria said she is incredibly grateful to those who donate to Bidwell, “You never know what those extra diapers will do for a family, or how a child will feel when they finally get to eat that name-brand cereal that they have been begging their parents for.”

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