The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

Philadelphia

Even though that’s empty you can smell the embalming fluids.  It’s the worst smell in the world.  It smells like mint from far away, but when you get closer if you know what “wet” smells like you know it’s wet.  My kids are like two feet tall, and they’re right next to it, so they’re smelling that.  That’s disgusting.

This is a picture of an empty "wet" bottle.  Ashley found it under the slide of the play ground.  "Wet" is marijuana soaked in embalming fluid.

 

"Weed bags and blunt wrappers that are found right next to the slides."

Graffiti is everywhere… everywhere.  It’s like wallpaper, it won’t go away.

Active 2008-Present
 

“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?”

I don’t have a phone, so I have to use pay phones. That’s the closest phone. It’s been broken for two years now. There’s another phone, too. But I don’t go there because of drug dealers over there. I have to walk to where the train station is to use a phone to call the welfare office.

Active 2008-Present
 

"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.'"

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