This is Maya’s Story….
After an injury cost Maya her job late last year, the single mother became one of the growing number of West Australian’s struggling to make ends meet.
“I’d never broken a bone in my life, and then the day after that, my car broke down. I was like, well how am I going to buy food and pay my bills?” Maya said.
The little things started to add up, like going to the chemist to buy medicine when her daughter was sick. Initially she borrowed money from friends and family to get by.
After expenses, Maya had very little money left to buy groceries for herself and her four-year-old daughter Matilda which caused a lot of worry and stress.
“Every week, by Monday I would open my fridge and think if I don’t go shopping today we are going to starve, that’s the reality of it.”
“I don’t drink, do drugs, or smoke. I don’t spend my money on bad things but it just wasn’t enough, it’s really hard.”
“I would make do with meals like pasta and corn. It wasn’t nice and I needed to get access to groceries not only myself, but for my daughter”
She was referred to Foodbank by one of our 500 charity partners.
“Initially I felt guilty and ashamed, but I knew she had to get over it.
Ms Drummond said since accessing Foodbank she has been able to stop borrowing money and at the end of the week she has food left which is a relief.
She feels like she is getting on top of things for the first time since losing her job.
“I’m so very grateful for the help I have received”.