Lisa’s Story

Lisa struggles. To her, it feels like for every step forward she makes, something comes along that forces her two steps back.

Life hasn’t been easy for Lisa. She struggled academically through high school and was thankful to graduate. Her mother passed away when she was just 19, and Lisa lost the only family she had ever known. As Lisa struggles with finding her way in the world, she has found an
invaluable resource at Helena Food Share: food.

Lisa loves the fresh fruits and vegetables and says she doesn’t think she has ever had such a healthy diet. But Helena Food Share has provided many other things for Lisa that you may not expect.

Because she gets help with her food, Lisa is able to use her small income to do things that some people take for granted. It was monumental for Lisa to have the $11.25 she needed to pay off her library fines. She is ecstatic that she can once again check out books.

Lisa was also able to purchase cleaning products like bleach, extra baking soda, cleaning wipes and spray. She adds, “it may seem like I bought a lot of things, but I didn’t get everything all at once. It took a long time to be able to get these extra things. I took advantage of sales, coupons, and the Dollar Store.

Lisa shares that right now, if she were to miss even one day of work, she’s worried that she would find herself homeless. She calculates every penny she can earn and expense she can predict.

“It is reassuring that the community has my back, that they would help me and so many others. I can’t express how grateful I am to you besides sharing my experience and volunteering in the future.”

Thank you for what you’ve done for Lisa. Your continued support is the reason that Lisa and so many others in our community have the food and support they need to make it through.

This story was featured in our May 2019 Newsletter. Would you like to receive the Helena Food Share quarterly newsletter? Email your name and address to