Laura Tanner is from South Lorain and first learned that she and her husband might be eligible to get fresh produce at a local distribution from her neighbor who offered her some carrots and blueberries. They soon attended the food distribution at Mother Cabrini’s, themselves and got more than they bargained for. Not only were they able to receive fresh, healthy produce, they were able to get to know so many helpful and caring people along the way.
Laura is 80 years old and is partially blind. When she was 73, she was in her 23rd year of working for a local banquet facility when she contracted a rare eye disorder that left her with permanent eye damage forcing her to retire. She and her husband found themselves needing to cut corners and live as simply as possible. When she went to her first mobile produce pantry at Mother Cabrini’s four years ago, she was amazed and grateful for the bounty of fresh produce that they could get and insists on respecting the opportunity. “I only take what we can use,” Laura insists. “Never any more. It is such a gift.”