The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

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By Sherita Mouzon

When I was younger, I remember going with my mother to our local welfare office and seeing the dozens of mothers with crying, hungry kids. I remember how rude and unempathetic the caseworkers were. I remember seeing my mother’s pain when they said “Oh sorry, your food stamps have been cut off. Come back next week.” How demeaning and cruel is that to say to a mother who has to feed their hungry children?

This is my memory. What’s in the past still affects me and all of us today. 

Sherita Mouzon and her Daughter

By: Sherita Mouzan, Witnesses to Hunger: Philadelphia

I’m a victim of the multi-generational effects of trauma, including poverty, alcoholism, mental illness, and food insecurity. Growing up in North Philadelphia, I lived in various houses with inhumane conditions. Houses that were without heat and or running water. Unsanitary houses where we had to use shoe boxes for toilets. Houses that smelled of mold and mildew, sometimes without electricity. At times there was a lot of darkness—I can’t be in the dark, bad things happened in the dark.


By: Andrea Blanch and Mariana Chilton

We claim to be a social movement of people committed to eliminating the causes and addressing the consequences of violence and trauma.  If we are serious, we need to be out there marching on Saturday.


By: Kate Scully, Policy Director

One in four Philadelphia residents are living in poverty and one in eight are living in deep poverty.  Our city remains the nation’s poorest big city, with a poverty rate that has stayed stagnant over the last 5 years.


By: Molly Knowles, Research & Communications Manager

On December 4 and 5, several Center for Hunger-Free Communities staff members attended the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities Conference here in Philadelphia. This conference brought together health care providers, community organizations, researchers, government representatives, and others interested in addressing trauma through multi-sector action.



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