"You don’t want to say no if somebody comes and asks you for food and you have it. You want to give it to them. But then you want to say no, because what if my kids don’t have food to eat the next day?"
"I want them to be smart. I want them to finish school. I want them to get good jobs. I want them to know that just because you live in the neighborhood doesn’t mean you have to be in the neighborhood. It’s just I don’t know where to get help from; I don’t know who to ask for help."
See Joanna featured in a CNN Money video on raising children in a food-insecure household and in a second CNN Money video on the importance of employment.
"I always say I would never give up on my kids. I always would try to do the best for them to at least graduate from high school because I’m not going to be able to afford for them to go to college or anything like that...I will never give up on them. I will always push them and try my best."
I don’t see how Welfare wants me to get out of the system if I don’t have enough. If this is a state that’s supposed to help me, you can’t keep on holding me back. Help me out here, so I can get on my feet. Now I need it. I need [Welfare] to guide me to never need it again."
“What would you do if you were in my shoes? If you had to work two jobs to take care of your kids and it still wasn’t enough? And then the government tells you you can’t have Food Stamps to feed your kids…what would you do?”
"Come leave your world just for one week and live in my world. Tell me how you're going to make it and survive-- how emotionally you're going to keep yourself together. To day-by-day look at your kids and tell them, 'I don't have any money to take you to the store.' Or, 'We're eating Oodles of Noodles today because the food stamps didn't last.'"
Center for Hunger-free Communities Drexel University Public School of Health 1505 Race Street, 11th Floor, Mail Stop 1035, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-762-7345 Fax: 215-762-4088 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org