February 26, 2014
Home: Swampscott, MA
Interests: Cooking and the “slow-food” movement, traveling, running
Studies: The Catholic University of America- English and Italian Studies
Service: Feeding the hungry at Assumption Food Pantry in Syracuse, NY
It was Teresa’s first time at the pantry. She whispered that we were the only pantry open on Fridays. I asked if it was an emergency situation, and all she could do was nod in reply as her eyes filled with tears. She explained about her family’s troubles and how she is the main caregiver for her step-daughter who has severe medical disabilities. She showed me pictures of her daughter, and explained that she hadn’t been to a pantry in about ten years, but given the circumstances of her marriage and her daughter’s medical situation, she had to swallow her pride and ask for help. In listening to Teresa, I clearly saw beauty, grace, humility, and love–she is caring for a daughter who is not technically hers, but she phrased it so beautifully: “I need her and she needs me”, to which I responded “She’s lucky to have a mother like you” “No, I’m lucky to be her mother.” Being able to help someone who so clearly needed it, makes my job worthwhile.