Matea is a current AFAC client at the Gunston satellite site and picks up food every Thursday evening. She has lived in Arlington for 26 years, has 4 children all over 40 years old, and was holding her newest grandchild as we did this interview. She is not married and not currently working for a salary. She moved by herself from El Salvador seeking work and a better life, joining her son who was already here. The war in El Salvador was raging at that time and there was a lot of poverty. Despite the situation in her country, it was a very difficult decision to leave her home. Matea has now been receiving food from AFAC for 7 years. The social worker in her apartment complex was tremendously helpful in getting her registered to receive food. The food she gets from AFAC is incredibly valuable as a retiree living solely on what she receives from Social Security. Her favorite food is curtido de repollo, a spicy Salvadoran coleslaw, and she loves when AFAC serves fresh fruits, veggies and milk. She loves to cook and, fortunately, has no health problems. She walks to the Gunston site where she meets a family member and friends who also pick up food at Gunston. She would like to garden but has no access to land outside her apartment. She is very grateful for the food supplements that she receives.