St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance

Each year, Feeding America
distributes pounds of food to people struggling with hunger.
Counties served by Feeding America:
In the area served by Feeding America:
1 in 7 people alttext struggles with hunger.
1 in 5 children struggles with hunger.

Deron's Story

Deron, age 9, wearing black t-shirt and sitting at kitchen table

Jessie Begay never expected to have a family. She never had children of her own. But after her sister died five years ago, that changed.

Jessie’s sister had been taking care of her two grandchildren. When she died, Jessie wasn’t going to let the grandchildren her sister loved so much – 9-year-old Deron and 10-year-old Miley – go into foster care.

Five years later, she considers herself their mom.

“The best thing about being their mom is just to see them happy and to see them grow,” Jessie said.

Part of ensuring the kids are happy is making sure they

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