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John Walter can stretch a fixed income and government assistance only so far. Sometimes, he runs out of both food stamps and money. But he still needs to eat.
To bridge the gap, he visits Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine hospitality kitchen and food pantry in Toledo, which is open every Wednesday.
For about two years, he’s relied on it to supplement his food stamps, the 78-year-old Walter said during a recent visit.

“This is a super good place. If it wasn’t for this, I wouldn’t have that much to eat.” Walter is a widower who was forced into early retirement when the factory where he worked closed.

Bobb Pacholski, 88, who helped to found the food kitchen nearly 28 years ago, said roughly 500 people are served each week. That is up more than 30 percent from two years ago.

Segment from AARP November Bulletin
Written by Chris Iott

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