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My son’s a ‘cap baby’ — that means I’m just getting cash assistance for me and my daughter only. The state will only
support one kid. Why should we have to suffer, the people that have two kids? They think we’re playing games, but no, we just really need the help.

It only happened one time with my baby, that she never had diapers. Like I did not have one diaper and I will never let that happen again. It says, “Every baby in need.”  Every baby has a need. My baby at that time needed diapers and it was either diapers or something my other child needed. 

I change what I buy, I’ll try going to a different store– but if it’s too much, I just won’t buy it. Like, I just haven’t bought any bagels. These prices have gone up a lot, a lot, lot, lot. 

My girls keep me going. I don’t want them to go through what I went through. I don’t want to say perfect, because nothing’s perfect, but I just want them to just have like, a perfect little upbringing. You know what I mean? I’m not promised any day, but I try to make the best out of what I can, and teach them as much as I can teach them, and what they need to know, as far as living, life, bad things, good things, bad people, good people – I just try to do what’s right, what’s best for them. 

Looking back at this picture, I realized how much I hated to take the T, but my son always seemed to enjoy the ride. He looked like he didn’t have a care in the world. It’s hard for me to do a lot with my son, because I’m always busy, and I barely see him. He goes to school, and I’m working. We don’t really have time in the middle, except for bedtime… I’m telling myself it’s only temporary, because I’m trying to get him stable.

That was just in front of my mom’s house, my son found an alcohol bottle. It’s like they don’t really care about different neighborhoods or different cities; they really don’t.  And it makes me mad because where my mom lives there are a lot of kids on the street. And there’s glass every five seconds and there’s needles every five seconds. I don’t understand.  

It’s just that little thing, and a picnic table - And they call it the neighborhood park. No. Build a park, build an actual park. It’s a community. People have kids. They need a place where the kids can go. 

There are a lot of abandoned buildings around here, a few every couple blocks. And yet I’m still living in a shelter.  I might be there for up to a year. I can’t live with my mom anymore; my mom has five kids at home… plus me and my son made seven. And she’s struggling herself.  We barely had food. We had a fridge full of food maybe one week out of a month.

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