Sherita is a 35-year-old mother of a four year-old daughter, Joanna, who has developmental delays and failure-to-thrive. Sherita was a Certified Nursing Assistant for eight years, but had to stop working during her last months of pregnancy with Joanna. Sherita’s husband works and earns too much for the family to qualify for SNAP or other assistance programs. Oftentimes, Sherita doesn’t have much money, and she struggles to buy the kind of food Joanna needs and wants.
Raising a child with failure-to-thrive is stressful. Sherita has found encouragement by talking to other mothers in Witnesses to Hunger. She says, “Sometimes you think you’re the only one going through stuff, being hungry, being broke, being unemployed, but a lot of people out here are suffering, and you have to look for that light at the end of the tunnel – for your kids, and also for yourself. And you never know when someone might come into your life and help you.”