“What’s not okay is for my kids to be hungry.”

“During the school year, I can provide enough, but in the summer it gets frightening,” says Teresa, looking at her two children as they do their homework. “It seems to cost me ten times more to feed them when they are not receiving free breakfast and lunch at school.”

To make up for it, Teresa says her family used to skip breakfast and then she would feed her children what she had for lunch. “It’s stressful, really stressful.”

Teresa works full time to support her kids, but even combining food stamps and her income, she says that they usually run out of food about two weeks into the month.

“Before the food bank, a lot of times I’d just go hungry. I still have to skip meals occasionally and go to work hungry.”