Most people don’t know that part of my childhood (including most of my family and best friends) because it’s not something I am very proud. When I was a teenager my Mom was laid off and couldn’t find a job, soon the money would run out and suddenly we found ourselves homeless. We lived with my grandfather for a few weeks until my Dad could find us a temporary place to live. I was in a strange city and an hour away from everything I knew and all of my friends. Then to top it all off within a few weeks my Dad was laid off too.
Suddenly, we found ourselves without any income, no groceries, bills we couldn’t pay, and a lot of hopelessness. It seemed like we went from riches-to-rags over night. I was too young to work and my parents were struggling to find work. I remember the cupboards being empty and dinner was a bowl of dry air popped popcorn. I remember being so sad and scared, but the sadness only got worse…
My parents, in shame, went to the local food pantry for help, what they came home with was deplorable. I remember my Mom unloading the small bag of groceries only to find a few fruit pies that were well past their expiration and smashed, a few cans of vegetables, and a loaf of bread that looked like someone had sat on it. What made it even worse was there wasn’t even anything to put on the bread… just bread. I remember going to my room and crying because I was scared and I didn’t know what to do or what was going to happen to us.
This nightmare caused great tension in our home and among my parents. My life was in a tailspin and I didn’t know how to change it. My Mom took a job that was paying peanuts, and I rarely saw her. My Dad on the other hand started drinking away the little bit of money my Mom was making because he couldn’t deal with his failures. My parent would eventually give up and get divorced and I would end up with an eating disorder. It was a horrible time in my life, and something I repress as often as possible. I wouldn’t wish hunger on anyone…
From the outside we “looked” like the perfect family but in the inside we were hungry and there was no one there to help. Clearly the food pantry was no help but in their defense they probably didn’t have anything to give! If people don’t donate, then the food pantries has no way of helping those in need.
More than one in five children, including more than one in four Latino children, in the U.S. may not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s nearly 16 million children, a number that could fill 8,000 playgrounds.
- It’s easy to make a difference: Look for the red pushpin on participating product packaging for a code found on these specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products. For each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com from March-August 2014, ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America.
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- One of the easiest ways to learn how to get involved is to join the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook community at Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere or follow the news on Twitter and Instagram at @ChildHungerEnds.
Local Texas Donations:
- ConAgra Foods and P&G are donating an additional 100,000 meals to local Texas food banks on behalf of H-E-B, in appreciation for their partnership to end child hunger.
Deals at H-E-B for ConAgra Foods Products and P&G Products Eligible for Child Hunger Ends Here Code Entry:
I am so excited to be a part of this great campaign. Please join us in helping donate up to 7 million meals through the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. This is a great cause that will help so many people in need. Put yourself in the shoes of these children. Like you these children don’t want to go to bed hungry tonight!
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