The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

Emergency Food Assistance

Let’s say Welfare is giving me this money… every two weeks I get a check but I still have to make with these hands money. Because my kids still need to eat for those two weeks. So they say food banks… the food banks give you canned food. Who’s gonna eat cans of tomato sauce? Nobody. I may do someone’s hair and be able to get noodles with that tomato sauce to feed the kids, to feed myself.

[This family], they don’t have any food. I had to go over and I even took pictures of the food, the bag of food. I'd go around there a couple times, I'd just take canned goods and stuff. I tried to keep canned goods and stuff and I just kept feeding them because the kids were hungry.

 

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