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From Food Bank to Financial Stability

You’ve probably read this article at CNN.com in which Patricia Guerrero relates her story of how she went from $70K to a food bank in a matter of months.

Daryl Brock, the executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank in California’s San Bernardino and Riverside counties, said they have seen some major changes. In the last 12 to 18 months, Brock said, the agencies he supplies have begun seeing more middle-class families coming to their doors.

“Our agencies have said there is an increasing number of people coming to them for help,” Brock told CNN by phone. “Their impression was that these were not people they normally would have seen before. They seemed to be better dressed. They seemed to have better cars and yet they seemed to be in crisis mode.”

As we start to hear more stories like this one from the downturn in the economy, we should keep in mind that a families in similar situations have an array of options in Central Texas that help them gain their financial footing–these options go beyond simply drawing unemployment and visiting the food bank.

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