Shaunte is a working mother with three children, one of whom has serious medical problems. She has battled to get medical insurance to cover her daughter’s expensive medical treatments, often having to take money away from rent or food to ensure her daughter has the medicine she needs to survive. She wants to share with the world the struggles that Baltimore families face with accessing affordable housing, making ends meet with a low-paying job, and getting the medical care they need.
Milton is the single father of his adopted son, age 3, and is the first father to join Witnesses to Hunger. He has been involved in advocacy work his whole life, and joined Witnesses to Hunger to speak out about his experiences getting custody of his son and utilizing the SNAP and WIC programs. He strongly believes that everyone needs to be an advocate for themselves and for others in the community by voting and being involved in the political process.
Denise is a proud mother and grandmother who became involved in Witnesses to Hunger to speak out about her experiences raising her grandchild and a child with disabilities, and her difficulties finding better housing for her family. She wants to be a source of inspiration for other parents who are trying to make it on a limited income and encourages everyone not to give up.
“This picture is of my godchild. She is outside playing. She’s outside playing and smiling, running up and down the street like a normal child. I watch all the children while they’re playing outside, and make them come in the house whenever I come in the house to get something. It’s just something that… it’s something that I do. It’s just something I do, ever since my little cousin was murdered. I do that with all of the kids: mine, my brothers’, my friends’ kids, everyone.”