Shelby Owensby

 

"People who have money to get what they need, I honestly think they don’t understand what it’s like to struggle and worry am I going to be able to fend for my family?"

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My name is Shelby and I came to the food pantry today to talk for people who are hungry. I can relate because I’ve been in a situation where I haven’t had food. Even working, it’s hard to sometimes feed me and especially my son, so I have to sometimes find other ways to get money for food or I have to come here to the food bank and ask for help.

 

Growing up, my mom would work three jobs and we wouldn’t have food, so we would come here to get food. My grandparents would also come here if they needed help. And my grandparents, whatever extra food that they had, they would give it to people who didn’t have food.

 

People who have money or the resources to get the help they need, I honestly think they don’t understand how it is to struggle and actually have to worry about am I going to have work next week? Am I going to be able to fend for my family? They don’t understand because they’ve never had to deal with it, or they’ve just forgot where they came from and they forgot about the people. But you also can’t make someone understand. You can show them, but you can’t make them.