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Tangela F

Tangela F
Active 2008-Present

"Everything is not as good as it looks… It might look like we're not struggling on the outside but we really are. And stuff is really hard for us. Everybody's like, 'You're lucky, he takes care of his daughter.' He does that and I’m happy that he does that, but sometimes there are things that he can’t get for her that we need for her."

See Tangela featured in this CNN Money Video on what it's like to raise a family with food insecurity, as well as this CNN Money video on the importance of employment.

Tangela is twenty-three and the mother a 3 year-old daughter and a 2 year-old son. Her mother battled a drug addiction throughout most of Tangela’s childhood, and Tangela was bounced around to several different homes while her mother struggled to get clean. Unfortunately, shortly after Tangela’s mother became clean and a positive influence in Tangela’s life, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away soon after. Despite all of this upset in her life, Tangela was able to graduate high school, and is now working full time at a day care center, but is still struggling to pay her bills.

When we first met Tangela, she was living in a small studio apartment in North Philadelphia. Tangela doesn’t like her neighborhood and is frightened by the crime and drug use outside her door. She would like to move to a better neighborhood but for now this apartment is all that Tangela can afford with her cash assistance. Thieves had broken into her apartment while she was away, and she was sleeping with a box cutter next to her bed, scared that they will come back while she was home with her daughter.

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