Valdoris is a mother of six, a grandmother of 19, and a volunteer at Aliquippa’s Produce for People distribution site. She is also one of the thousands in southwestern Pennsylvania who need help every month to feed their families.
Valdoris was born and raised in Aliquippa and, as the daughter of a steel mill worker, knows the value of hard work. “I’m used to cooking everything from scratch, but that’s getting harder for me,” she explains. “I still do small catering jobs where I cook for weddings or funerals in the neighborhood, and two of my daughters help me with that. I like to make rolls and fresh greens and chicken.”
Her grandson, Bryce, lives with her. Their only household income is Valdoris’ Social Security check, which makes budgeting very tight. Along with Bryce, Valdoris’ 20-year-old adopted daughter also lives with her, but she was recently laid off, making money even tighter.
When Valdoris’ family runs out of food, the Food Bank’s Produce to People program “gives us something to fall back on…I’ve had a lot of medical issues as well, and that’s been hard.”