It wasn’t the fact she was poor that embarrassed Candace Perry the most. It was that she had to ask people for something they took for granted — food.

As a single mother with a disability relying on government income assistance, Perry would pick up an emergency food hamper just down the road from her Kitchener home, at House of Friendship. The cost of fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy didn’t always fit into her budget.

“Rent comes out every month unfortunately, and it’s a big chunk,” said Perry. “The healthy stuff is more expensive. Transportation is difficult, too.”