By Tara Duggan | San Francisco Chronicle
Sitting on a park bench in Tennyson Park, Julieta Martinez paints a picture of her family’s daily life in Hayward as her daughters, Samantha, 18, and Ivanna, 3, chase each other around the playground.
Martinez and her husband, Jaime Lopez, both 41, are raising the two girls and a son, Kenneth, 14, in a three-bedroom house nearby. Lopez works as a full-time delivery driver, though he is currently on disability due to a knee injury. Martinez takes care of Ivanna, volunteers at the kids’ schools and is a promotora de salud, a volunteer community outreach worker at Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center.
They are a typical Bay Area family, except that they have recently started to rely on free groceries from the food bank to make ends meet.
And they’re not alone. They’re among the 116,000 people the Alameda County Community Food Bank serves each month. That translates to one of five residents, almost half of whom are children.
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