Real Stories of Hunger: Jeff

In October 2007, Jeff was finishing up an industrial electrical project that had taken months. He was on the last day – and last step – of the project when, in a fraction of a second, he received an electrical shock that is nearly always fatal. He survived but sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Unable to work, Jeff refused to just sit at home. So, he reached out to a local organization that empowers people who are living with disabilities. Jeff joined a skills class and received extra food from the programthat partners with their local Feeding America network food bank.

“The food I get helps me keep my other food costs affordable, so that way my fixed income can actually ‘fix’ me that month,” Jeff laughs. “But really, when I don’t get as much food from the center, I do notice how tight it is to pay the bills that month.”

Now, Jeff is teaching an electrical skills class at a local jail and is looking forward to what’s next.
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Real Stories of Hunger: Elijah

When 11-year-old Elijah grows up, he already knows he wants to be an engineer. A robotic engineer, specifically. He lives with his grandfather, Robert, and five other siblings in San Antonio, Texas. As the oldest of the bunch, Elijah often helps his grandfather with the other kids and with chores. And when Elijah’s not helping out, he’s busy at school.

When school is out, Elijah stays busy, too. During the summer, he loves swimming, playing basketball and bouncing around on the trampoline with his siblings. Sometimes during the summer, his family picks up free meals nearby their home.

“When I’m hungry, I get tired or I’ll get distracted,” Elijah said. “But when I’m not, I’m on-task and I can focus.”

Elijah eats free breakfast and lunch at school as well. Having consistent meals in the classroom enables him to focus not only on his schoolwork, but on his passion – robotics.

“If I’m full, I’m ready for whatever happens,” he said.

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Real Stories of Hunger: Tyleeq

During the summer, you’ll probably find 13-year-old Tyleeq outside, playing with his two younger brothers. The boys live with their grandmother, Belinda. As the oldest grandchild in the house, Tyleeq helps his grandmother whenever he can.

When Tyleeq’s not helping his grandmother during the summer, he’s at the local Boys and Girls Club with his brothers, where he eats breakfast and lunch – meals he would normally be eating at school.
“Eating food at the Boys and Girls Club is great,” Tyleeq said. “It means when I get home, I’m not hungry. And when I’m not hungry, I can go outside and play and have fun.”

When school is out, kids like Tyleeq and his brothers, who eat free breakfast and lunch at school, often don’t have access to those meals because filling the gap can be tough for low-income parents. Summer meals programs like the Boys and Girls Club, which works with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, help ensure kids have enough to eat year-round.

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Irene

Irene has been a Community School Coordinator in San Antonio for the last 24 years. The school, the students – that is where her heart and soul are at. For many of the kids, the biggest challenge is getting food. With the help of their local food bank, the middle school has been able to distribute food most Saturdays for the past 20 years, helping to eliminate the stress and worry about where their next meal will come from.
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Jackie's Story

Jackie’s Arapaho name is Te3oo Niibeisei, which means Singing Crane Woman. She always introduces herself first in Arapaho, and then in English. For her, the traditional greeting is just one way she’s celebrating, sharing and preserving her heritage–which she’s incredibly proud of.

Growing up, Jackie learned about the importance of food in her culture. As an adult, she has dedicated herself to ensuring her community always has access to food and is working with the Food Bank of Wyoming to set up food pantries for the Arapaho tribes that live on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

While she knows there’s a long way to go, her passion is fueled every day with the knowledge that she’s not just providing sustenance or something to be taken for granted.
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Real Stories of Hunger: Daryl 

Daryl, single dad of 10-year-old Tyler and 12-year-old Daryl, lives in Detroit and dedicates every day to making sure his boys have the best life possible. A mechanic by trade, Daryl works at home to help pay the bills. But sometimes it’s a struggle to make ends meet. Daryl has at times gone hungry to make sure his boys ate. When Dayrl does need a little help to get through the tough times, he visits a nearby food pantry.

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The Truth About Hunger,” featuring Shanola Hampton

34 million people, across every county in the United States, experience food insecurity – including more than 9 million children. “The Truth About Hunger” features celebrity activists, Shanola Hampton, reading handwritten letters inspired by real experiences of people facing hunger – to shed light on the issue of hunger in America and invite us all to take action.

Together, we can end hunger.

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“The Truth About Hunger,” featuring Connie Britton

34 million people, across every county in the United States, experience food insecurity – including more than 9 million children. “The Truth About Hunger” features celebrity activist, Connie Britton, reading handwritten letters inspired by real experiences of people facing hunger – to shed light on the issue of hunger in America and invite us all to take action.

Together, we can end hunger.

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Real Stories of Hunger: DeAdra and Dacian

DeAdra moved to Florida with the hopes of providing a better life for her young son, Dacian. But when Dacian was diagnosed with autism, everything changed. DeAdra had to commit to taking care of her son full-time and was struggling to put food on the table. With the help of Feeding America and her local food bank, DeAdra is now able to provide healthy food for Dacian and herself.

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FEEDING AMERICA ANNOUNCER LIVE READS: COVID-19 RESPONSE
Live Read Scripts

Child meals theme :30

Nearly 22 million kids in the U.S. rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year, and with schools closed during the COVID-19 outbreak, many children may lose their only source of guaranteed food.

As the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, Feeding America is committed to serving families and children facing hunger in America, wherever they are.

You can help make sure children get the meals they need by donating now at FeedingAmerica.org/coronavirus

Brought to you by Feeding America.

Neighbors in need theme :30

More than 37 million people in the U.S., including 11 million children, struggle with hunger. And as the COVID-19 outbreak continues, they need your help now more than ever. 

As the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, the Feeding America network of food banks is committed to serving communities, families and children facing hunger in America, wherever they are.

You can be there for your neighbors in need by donating now at FeedingAmerica.org/coronavirus

Brought to you by Feeding America. 

Child meals theme :15

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues across the United States, more school districts are closing. And for the millions of kids who normally eat free or reduced-price meals at school, this could mean no longer having breakfast or lunch.

You can help make sure children get the meals they need by donating now at FeedingAmerica.org/coronavirus

Brought to you by Feeding America.

Neighbors in need theme :15

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the Feeding America network of food banks is committed to serving people struggling with hunger across America.

You can be there for your neighbors in need during this challenging time by donating now at FeedingAmerica.org/coronavirus.

Brought to you by Feeding America.