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If childhood hunger doesn't seem real to you, watch this video

siobhan 06/24/09

 

In this video moms, in their own words and through their own videos, talk about how difficult it is to know they can’t always feed their hungry children, no matter hard they try.

They talk about having to feed their kids ramen because they can’t afford nutritious produce and whole grains. They talk about the pain of not being able to feed their children at all when the money runs out and they have no one to turn to.

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These families are getting food stamps, reduced-price or free school meals for their kids, and support from other programs. But the help simply doesn’t stretch far enough.

The family stories come out of a project called Witnesses to Hunger, run by the Philadelphia GROW project. They armed women in some of the lower-income neighborhoods of Philadelphia with cameras to document their struggle to provide nutritious food for their children. Some of the women work full-time jobs but don’t make enough to make ends meet. Some are in school. Some are simply trying to get back on their feet after hard times knocked them down.

Three of the moms spoke at a policy briefing on Capitol Hill on June 2, 2009 in support of strengthening anti-hunger programs while Congress considers the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act, which governs all federal child nutrition programs. That includes the Summer Food Service Program, which the Children’s Alliance is working to strengthen here in Washington state.

The video comes courtesy of Connect for Kids, a news and information center for child advocacy.

-Ruth Schubert