Real Stories of Hunger

An illness, a job loss, a move to care for aging family members — these are just some of the reasons Americans have turned to their local food banks for help in a time of need.

 

 

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Brittany

Salt Lake City,
Utah

It’s a terrible feeling as a mom but it’s a reality. Do you get the medicine? Do you get the fresh food? Do you get the shoes, or do you send them to school in November with sandals?

Brittany wants to give her children everything, but she couldn’t always afford the healthiest food. When the Utah food bank brought fresh produce and dairy to her neighborhood, it helped her family get back on their feet.

Brittany

Salt Lake City,
Utah

Brittany wants to give her children everything, but she couldn’t always afford the healthiest food. When the Utah food bank brought fresh produce and dairy to her neighborhood, it helped her family get back on their feet.

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Lamont

Layton,
Utah

A little girl handed me her report card and she told me ‘my grades are now better because I get breakfast every morning from the food pantry’ and it broke my heart.

Lamont’s life took an unexpected turn when an on-the-job injury left him unemployed and relying on the food pantry to help feed his children. Now, he helps other families get back on their feet as the director of the same food pantry.

Lamont

Layton,
Utah

Lamont’s life took an unexpected turn when an on-the-job injury left him unemployed and relying on the food pantry to help feed his children. Now, he helps other families get back on their feet as the director of the same food pantry.

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Zoey

Bangor,
Maine

In the summer, I go to the lunch program to get free lunch ... it's really fun and you can make a lot of friends there. If I didn't have the lunch program, I'd probably be really, really sad.

Zoey's mom works from home, but sometimes it's still a struggle to make ends meet. So Zoey goes to her local food bank's summer lunch program where she can get free lunch — giving her the chance to be happy, healthy and just be a kid.

Zoey

Bangor,
Maine

Zoey's mom works from home, but sometimes it's still a struggle to make ends meet. So Zoey goes to her local food bank's summer lunch program where she can get free lunch — giving her the chance to be happy, healthy and just be a kid.

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Priscilla

El Paso,
Texas

I'm honestly just seeking help, not a free a ride for the rest of my life. Just help.

Pricilla, a Navy veteran, can't afford childcare, and so she takes care of her daughters on her own — which keeps her from working full-time. Her local food pantry helps put food on the table and provides hope for her daughters' futures.

Priscilla

El Paso,
Texas

Pricilla, a Navy veteran, can't afford childcare, and so she takes care of her daughters on her own — which keeps her from working full-time. Her local food pantry helps put food on the table and provides hope for her daughters' futures.

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