Each month, a client at SFBFS is featured for success and growth. This month’s client spotlight is:
Theodore Williams - March 2014
Theodore Williams recently became disabled after working as an aviation machine operator for 15 years. Relying on disability, he found it more and more difficult to feed his family each month. Relatives and friends referred Theodore to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ (SFBFS) Food program. Theodore began visiting the food distributions at St. Matthew’s Church in south Sacramento where he always lends a helping hand to anyone who might find themselves underprepared to carry the nearly 60 pounds of fresh produce and dry goods distributed to each family.
Theodore recently became more self-sufficient and is relying less and less on SFBFS’ Food program to help his family get through the month. In effort to pay it forward, he still joins some of his neighbors at distributions to assist them with carrying their groceries. Erika Ledbetter, Health and Nutrition Resource Coordinator at SFBFS, says “Theodore is always very helpful to his relatives and friends. He is the first person to see someone struggling and get up to grab a box to help them.”
The 51 year old also credits SFBFS’ Food program with becoming a healthier person. “I have enjoyed learning more about nutrition and how to eat a balanced diet,” Theodore said. “Now I am able to teach my five-year-old grandson about fruits and vegetables and healthy eating habits. He likes all the colorful produce.”
Theodore spent most of his life living in a small apartment with his family. He dreamt of one day moving into a house that would better accommodate their needs. From humble beginnings and help from services like SFBFS’ Food and Clothing programs, Theodore recently got back on his feet and begin saving to purchase a home. As of January 1, 2014 Theodore and his family are home owners!
The staff and volunteers at SFBFS wish Theodore the best of luck in his success.
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