March 22, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Meet Vickie – Amazing Grace Food Pantry Client

March 22, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

On a grey morning, Vickie Spirit sits in the lobby at Amazing Grace Food Pantry, a North Texas Food Bank partner agency in rural Wylie. She is waiting for her turn to select fresh fruit, produce, meat and shelf-stable items from the pantry. Vickie watches as others exit the pantry; they are pushing grocery carts loaded with oranges, sweet potatoes, milk, salad mix, canned tomatoes and other foods. Amazing Grace is a client-choice facility, so Vickie will choose the items she’ll take home with her today.

“I have been coming here for about three years. I grew up on a garden and we had our own livestock so I ate off the land, so my favorite are the fresh fruit and vegetables. But when you are on a fixed income, you don’t get those foods. That’s a luxury to us.”

Vickie radiates joy as she speaks, but like many visiting Amazing Grace, she has endured her share of trials. A few years back she had her purse stolen, and when she went to get a new ID, she discovered she had been misled most of her life: she did not know her biological last name. She began a six-year journey to regain her identity that included periods of extreme hunger and homelessness. Without an ID, she was unable to access critical support services.

When she was finally able to claim a new last name, she chose Spirit. Vickie explained that “what we are any way is a spirit. And when I die, my spirit will go to God, so just name me Vickie Spirit.”

Since that time, Vickie has relocated closer to family and found a job. But she still struggles to put food on the table.

“If it wasn’t for the food bank (Amazing Grace) I wouldn’t have enough food to eat. And I just got over cancer and now they are telling me that I have heart issues, and I am sure it is all the stress I’ve been through and my living conditions, because I just got out of this not too long ago.”

Regardless of her past, Vickie doesn’t hesitate to express her gratitude.

“To the people that give food – they have no idea what they are giving to people. It’s important to know that we are so grateful for all the people that help donate to people in need. And they must be a special person to give to people who they don’t even know. Because they are not just feeding someone, but giving a gift to someone who they might not ever see.”

To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, visit our website at www.ntfb.org/


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.

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On a grey morning, Vickie Spirit sits in the lobby at Amazing Grace Food Pantry, a North Texas Food Bank partner agency in rural Wylie. She is waiting for her turn to select fresh fruit, produce, meat and shelf-stable items from the pantry. Vickie watches as others exit the pantry; they are pushing grocery carts loaded with oranges, sweet potatoes, milk, salad mix, canned tomatoes and other foods. Amazing Grace is a client-choice facility, so Vickie will choose the items she’ll take home with her today.

“I have been coming here for about three years. I grew up on a garden and we had our own livestock so I ate off the land, so my favorite are the fresh fruit and vegetables. But when you are on a fixed income, you don’t get those foods. That’s a luxury to us.”

Vickie radiates joy as she speaks, but like many visiting Amazing Grace, she has endured her share of trials. A few years back she had her purse stolen, and when she went to get a new ID, she discovered she had been misled most of her life: she did not know her biological last name. She began a six-year journey to regain her identity that included periods of extreme hunger and homelessness. Without an ID, she was unable to access critical support services.

When she was finally able to claim a new last name, she chose Spirit. Vickie explained that “what we are any way is a spirit. And when I die, my spirit will go to God, so just name me Vickie Spirit.”

Since that time, Vickie has relocated closer to family and found a job. But she still struggles to put food on the table.

“If it wasn’t for the food bank (Amazing Grace) I wouldn’t have enough food to eat. And I just got over cancer and now they are telling me that I have heart issues, and I am sure it is all the stress I’ve been through and my living conditions, because I just got out of this not too long ago.”

Regardless of her past, Vickie doesn’t hesitate to express her gratitude.

“To the people that give food – they have no idea what they are giving to people. It’s important to know that we are so grateful for all the people that help donate to people in need. And they must be a special person to give to people who they don’t even know. Because they are not just feeding someone, but giving a gift to someone who they might not ever see.”

To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, visit our website at www.ntfb.org/


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.

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