As first timers join food bank lines, psychologists want to erase the stigma of asking for help

A few months ago, a woman who had been waiting in a long line at the Northshore Food Bank in Covington finally made her way to the front, pulling her vehicle up to the area where boxes of food were being passed out. With her shoulders stooped, she held a sheet of paper against her rolled-up driver’s-side window.

Terri Turner-Marse, the food bank’s chief executive officer who was pressed into car-line duty during the pandemic, squinted to read the scribbled message on the page.

“I have COVID. Husband has COVID. We have no food in the house.”

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