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Salisbury Single Mother Volunteer Shares Story of Personal Struggles

Lillian Wright with her 3-year-old son (Photo: WBOC) Lillian Wright with her 3-year-old son (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- The holidays are a time to spend with loved ones, exchange presents and enjoy delicious meals. However, that's not the case with some families in Wicomico County that are doing their best to put food on the table.

That is where the Maryland Food Bank comes in. But that agency is also having a hard time meeting the demand.

On Friday, WBOC met with Lillian Wright who was busy volunteering with the food bank by handing boxes full of food to needy families in front of the Redeemed of the Lord Outreach in Salisbury.
While Wright dedicates her time giving back to the community, she has struggles of her own. Wright is a single mother of four trying to make ends meet. And like most parents, she wants to give them the best meals and shelter. Most importantly, she wants to be able to fulfill her children's Christmas wishes. 

"You just have slim pickings of everything, if you don't have enough money to get anything it takes a toll on you emotionally," Wright said.
Wright said she depends on the food bank to help feed her four children. It is a need that Maryland Food Bank coordinator Annette Thompson said she has seen a rise in, ever since cuts were made to the federal food assistance program.

"I would never be able to feed hundreds and thousands of people, without the food bank," Thompson said, "unfortunately there is a shortage because the demand is so great that we need help."

Wright said that by helping the food bank it helps distract some of her daily worries. These days she said it's all about giving her kids the best holiday possible; a time that's always rough. 

"It breaks my heart because sometimes I feel like I am not providing for them the way I should be as a parent," Wright said. "When you go from being able to provide to not being able to provide much, all you think is about is how are my kids going to feel and as a single parent to see your kids not smile like they used to, really hurts."


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