Amy never thought she would need help putting food on the table, but when she unexpectedly found herself to be a single parent and was unable to work because of a health issue, Amy turned to a food pantry served by Impact Partner SHARE Food Program. During a challenging time, gifts to the Impact Fund and United Way’s strong community partnerships ensured Amy could get back on her feet and provide for her family.
One in seven Americans depends on food banks to feed their families. In our communities, the numbers are even more staggering. In Philadelphia alone, 21% of families don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
To make matters worse, research estimates that more than a quarter of people who are food-insecure earn too much to qualify for most federal assistance programs, and 20% of children facing hunger live in ineligible households.
What does that mean? Simply put, the face of hunger in our community might not be what you expect.
Take Amy, who is college-educated, outgoing and resourceful. After unexpectedly becoming the single mother of three, including a special needs child, and being unable to work due to medical issues, she struggled to feed her family.
“For me, as a college-educated woman who had always worked, shopping at a food bank was never something I had experienced,” she says. “When I couldn’t make ends meet on my own, I found myself in limbo.”
But she found help at Seeds of Hope, a member of United Way partner Share Food Program’s network of food pantries – and the same pantry she once volunteered with. For two years, as she’s worked to get back on her feet, Seeds of Hope has helped feed her family…and her hope.
“Having this kind of help available helps you get back on your feet — and hopefully you’ll be able to go from shopper to contributor later,” Amy shares. “I don’t know what we would have done without it.”
Learn more about how United Way feeds hungry families through United2Feed.