Child Hunger in America: Aiyden’s Story


“Sometimes I get afraid because there’s nothing in the house to eat.”

That’s what 7-year-old Aiyden told me (names have been changed to protect the privacy of those we serve).

He also said, “When we don’t have food we’ll die and we can’t, we’ll be in the grave.”

Very serious words for one so young. The harsh reality of this family’s situation is stealing Aiyden’s childhood. He knows his mom used to have a good job, but was laid off. He knows she’s trying to find another one, but hasn’t yet.

“When Mommy’s not working, she don’t have a lot of money,” he says. “She told us she’s not able to buy a lot of food.”

“I run out of food lots of times,” says Aiyden’s mom, Shemika. “My children have went to bed hungry before.”

Shemika worries constantly about losing the car, the house — even about losing her boys because she struggles to provide for them.


Aiyden has found a way to help fill his empty, aching stomach:

“Sometimes when we run out of food he saves food from school and then he brings it home and he put it under his pillow so whenever we don’t eat at night, he eats it,” says big brother Andre, age 8.

But now the boys are out of school.

“The hardest thing about it is in the summertime…you have to think about having food for them for breakfast, for lunch, then dinnertime,” Shemika says.

Help a child like Aiyden

Children across America are going to bed hungry. Like Aiyden, the summer months are the hardest months — the hungry months — for millions of boys and girls. These children miss out on the free lunches and breakfasts at school.

Your gift today can provide a box of food and a box of essentials for a family in need here in our country. It’s just $38 for both boxes!

Please help today. Give a child like Aiyden a reason to smile.


8 thoughts on “Child Hunger in America: Aiyden’s Story

  1. God Bless you and your families. Dream big and never give up hope. There are people out there who care and will help you.

  2. Children should never go hungry. I feel Ah’Darian pain because I was there once. How can I go about sponsoring him?

  3. Thank you all for your big hearts and for caring about Ah’Darian and his family!

    Our child sponsorship program is designed to connect people with children internationally–our hunger programs for children in the U.S. are structured differently. Instead we encourage donations via the link above, or through Feed America’s Children:

  4. I am so sorry to hear bout this. My situation is similar I have lost my job and I worry everyday about losing my home. My daughter is only 2 1/2 years old and she don’t understand quite well that mommy don’t have the financials to get her the things she needs. I have to ask friends because I don’t have family in the area. Whenever I get a chance I take her to school just so she can eat. It’s hard being a single parent. I will keep this family in my prayers.

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