The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

Childhood

Active 2008-Present
 

"I’m concerned with all my children but my son most definitely, especially with the young black men going to jail and killing one another.  My heart really goes out to him.  I tell him when I wash his football clothes, ‘Oh, mommy loves washing football clothes’ because that’s what I want him to do.  He’s eight, he’s getting older, and look at what he sees.  When he gets a couple years older I want to send him to some charter school.  That’s why I want him to keep his grades up."

Active 2008-Present

"The key is to prevent everybody needing welfare.  The key is to get people off welfare.  You don’t want this to keep being a repeated cycle. It seems like it’s a repeated cycle, and it gets worse."

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.'"

"I just want people to know that he’s important and he’s just as important as the president’s kids, as the next person’s kids. He’s special, he’s going to be somebody… he’s not going to get left behind or he’s not going to be overshadowed and I’m not going to let him fall between the cracks."

I’m gonna be real with my daughter. Being as though my daughter lives in the hood,  I’m gonna be straightforward to her. When she gets old enough to understand what’s going on around her, I want her to understand where mommy coming from. I’m gonna tell her about everything. I’m gonna tell her about the drug gang. I’m gonna tell her about everything, because if you don’t teach your child then the streets will, and if you let the streets teach them then they’re gonna turn them out, they’re gonna destroy them.

I’m just tired, I’m just all tired. I just wanna get my daughter away from here and get my family away from this because it’s like they don’t care about the low-income people. If you’re not making enough money as they’re making, they don’t bother it. And I don’t think it’s right, I don’t think it’s right to us.

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