Hear stories about hunger recorded at Sacramento-area food banks
Bart & Tina
“Hunger is an awful feeling.”
“I don’t have anywhere else to go.”
Kwateca & Mack
"You get more than a meal. You get hope."
"I had a heart attack and lost my job."
"Getting back on your feet you need all the help you can get."
“There's a crying need for good food.”
"People ask me: How can you go to a food bank and stand there?"
“I’m new to the US. It’s hard to find a job.”
"I’m on a fixed income and I’m a diabetic."
"Sometimes you won’t eat but you’ll feed your family to make ends meet."
"I came to support my mother."
Esther & Isabella
"We didn’t think of food banks as for us."
"I came here for food assistance."
"I used to be a nurse. Now I'm at a food bank."
“We’re seeing a lot more working poor.”
"I don't like handouts, but I'm here."
“I had a job in construction, but I finished.”
“I’ve been there. That’s why I do this.”
"I'm a donor to the program here."
"I am a huge advocate of the mentally ill."
"It’s hard to feed me and my son."
"Before we had food stamps, my son and I ate beans and tortillas."
"He literally had tears in his eyes when he went to his car."
“I never felt like I was any less of a person because I needed help."
“It’s always hard to get the food you need.”
“People need this food to live.”
“Using food bank doesn’t make you any less of a person."
"Some people are too ill to walk."
"I think its so important to make a difference in people’s lives."
"I didn't really understand the connection between hunger and health care."