Real Stories of Hunger
I'm really proud of my Aunt Jessie, who takes care of me. She works really hard for me and my sister. Some times people have hard times and it's okay to ask for help.
Deron, age 9, and his sister Miley, age 10, went to live with their aunt Jessie when their mother passed away. Even though Jessie works full-time, there aren't always enough groceries to feed her new family. She visits her local food pantry whenever her family needs extra help to make make sure her kids have everything they need in their new life.
I’d spent many days going to sleep with an empty stomach, making sure he had all the food in the house.
DeAdra wants a better childhood for her three-year-old son with special needs but struggles to put food on the table while caring for him full-time. With her local food pantry, DeAdra is now able to provide healthy food for Dacian and herself.
When you look in the fridge and there's nothing there, it's very shameful. I never should have gotten there. I never thought I would be totally broke.
Terri's great life suddenly vanished when her job disappeared and she needed help from the food pantry at her local church. Now that she's back on her feet, she's a regular volunteer at the pantry that helped stabilize her life.
I usually get my food from school and the library…Eating food makes me feel a lot better so I can focus more.
Emily’s dad works very hard, but her family doesn’t always have enough food for everyone. Emily goes to her local library’s snack time where she can get a free meal – giving her a positive, safe environment and a full belly after school.
Salt Lake City,
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.
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.