"I wish people would just look at you for who you are, and not treat you like they are superior; like you’re on a different level just because you need Welfare. I’m so used to being let down. I’m so used to being disappointed. I’m so used to everything just crumbling down on me that I don’t ask for any help anymore."
Read a story that Barbie has written about her experiences entitled "Strong"
See Barbie featured in this trailer for the upcoming documentary Hungry in America.
When Barbie joined Witnesses to Hunger in 2008, she was twenty years old, with two young children. Barbie was living with her mother, and could not receive receive food stamps on her own of her living situation. They had just spent a winter living without heat, and Barbie said her children were sick all the time. She explained, “We practically lived in the emergency room.”
Barbie now works full-time as an anti-hunger advocate and has spoken around the country about her experiences with hunger and her work to advocate for others. See Barbie at the Metropolitan Museum of Art telling her story at a Moth storytelling event: