Working mom: Job doesn’t pay enough to cover childcare, bills, and food

January 29, 2024

Life is challenging for Rebecca, a Harrington resident, who juggles emotions ranging from frustration, depression,  and at times, despair. Although she works full-time, she also struggles to buy food and pay for child-care. She recently visited our new Healthy Pantry Center in Milford. The Center is arranged like a small grocery store, and neighbors like Rebecca, with the help of a volunteer, are able to select food and available household supplies that suit their needs and their tastes.

“I work. I take care of my paralyzed grandmother. I’m certified too, but my hours are limited because of day care,” she said. “I’m a credentialed CNA, and I have a 4 ½ year old daughter. It’s hard keeping food on the table and paying bills,” Rebecca said.

This trip was her first visit to the new Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford facility so she didn’t know what to expect,  plus this pantry – resembling a small grocery store — just opened. The pantry provides emergency food from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday each week. It is closed from noon until 1:30 p.m. for restocking.

Neighbors who are unable to drive or lack transportation may sign up for home delivery at

Visitors can enter the pantry waiting area through the first door on the right adjacent to the main entrance. Please bring proof of Delaware residency; most people also find it helpful to bring bags for their groceries.

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