Estella Parrish was under severe duress when her utilities went out due to a windstorm on May 27th. It was not just a fully stocked refrigerator of food that she and her disabled husband lost; it was provisions for four grandchildren and one great-grandchild
they’re raising since their daughter died two years ago.
“It’s been very hard, a lot of worries and a lot of scrambling,” the Frayser resident said while registering to get food at the Disaster Relief Mobile Pantry held at Union Grove M.B.C on June 16.
When she did not regain power after several days, Parrish found a distribution of USDA commodities before visiting the Emergency Mobile Pantry, which distributed over 45,000 pounds of non-perishable food for hundreds of families.
“Oh my, the food from this is huge, very helpful,” she said prior to getting into her red van with her two-year old great-grandson, Jace.
The loss of food, combined with the certain higher air conditioning expense coming, she acknowledged, will make it harder for her over the next several weeks until school opens again.
“There are a lot of people who are desperate right now,” she said. “But we are thankful for the many who are helping.”