Child Hunger in America: Molly’s story

Meet Molly

Sometimes Molly plays in her closet. I think she chooses this small space because it makes her feel safe, protected from the outside world and all of the problems her family faces each day.

Molly is only 8, but she knows about food stamps and the local food pantry.

“Me and my mom go to the food pantry because we run out of food because they took $200 off my mom’s food stamps,” Molly explains.

This family struggles to get enough to eat. Molly’s mom has a job, but it doesn’t pay a lot. Her dad had to stop working because he suffers from a serious illness.

Unfortunately, that means that Molly also knows about hunger and the pain it causes.

“When we run out of food, it makes my heart very sad and it makes me cry,” Molly told me. “And then my brother and mama and daddy starts crying.”

Molly even told me how hunger hurts physically:

“What it feels like to be hungry is that you feel like you’re getting sick because you don’t have any food that you can eat… And you feel like you’re going to throw up.”

“… and it just isn’t enough.”

— Amber, Molly’s mom

With tears streaming down her cheeks, Molly’s mom, Amber, says, “…it really tugs at your heart, that you’re doing everything you can do to provide for them, and it just isn’t enough.”

Amber works hard, but her job doesn’t pay enough to provide for this family of four. Her husband, Jonathan, wants to work, but he’s suffering from a debilitating disease. Molly says:

“…it makes it very hard for him to do stuff like paint because he spills paint… Parkinson’s disease is where your hand shakes a lot.” She adds, “…it makes me very sad and it makes him sad.”

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Give a family a hand up and hope

Molly and her brother, Elijah, need nutritious meals. Amber and Jonathan need help from caring friends like you to feed their children during this tough time.

Thankfully, Amber received food and other essentials from their local food pantry — these much-needed items were provided by Feed the Children, thanks to our compassionate supporters.

Molly says, “People should help other people because sometimes people run out of food and they don’t have any money to get any food.”

Knowing what it’s like to be hungry has given Molly a heart for helping others.

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“If I have food, I would help anybody that doesn’t have food.” — Molly

Your gift today can provide a box of food and a box of essentials for a family just like Molly’s. It’s just $38 for both boxes! Please give today, if you can. You’ll offer a family help and hope — and put a smile on the face of a child like Molly.

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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.

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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.

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