Real stories

  • There are no simple choices - Amanda

    "There really are no simple choices. I have health issues and really need to watch what I eat, which costs more money. Do I buy healthy food for myself and make my husband feel deprived?"

  • Until you've walked in their shoes - Debbie

    "Somebody who needs help should never have to feel embarrassed, ashamed or afraid. They should be able to get the help they need without having to grovel for it, without feeling less than."

  • We're a part-time America now - Henry

    "I think deep in their hearts everybody wants to be self-reliant; they don't want to depend on other people."

  • When there's not a lot of food in the house - Collette

    "There's been several nights in the past couple of weeks I haven't eaten just to make sure he and the kids get enough. It really shouldn't be this way."

  • I'm one of those ghost people - Mike

    “I was born dead. The umbilical cord was wrapped around my throat. They got me going again, but there was a lack of oxygen to my brain, so I have brain damage, a learning disability and a heart murmur on top of it.”

  • Kids who leave town don't want to come back - Elise

    “I think Burns always gets pushed aside. Government concentrates on bigger towns. They come here and have meetings, but it seems like nothing ever changes.”

  • Four years without electricity or water - Tim

    “I skip meals every day because my SNAP benefits don’t last through the month. One hundred dollars is gone in no time. The food bank helps me get through.”

  • Kids have to come first - Beth

    “I don’t worry so much about me not eating. My kids have to come first. We’ll eat a piece of bread with mayonnaise because my kids ate all the dinner. Or the kids just get mayonnaise sandwiches for dinner, because that’s all I have.”

  • I've always been able to pay my bills - Steve

    “After a while, you know your job application is going in the trash as soon as you walk out the door and you feel so defeated. I think my age has a lot to do with it.”

  • I'm used to helping people, not being helped - DeLinda

    “I’m grateful for the food from the food pantry. I couldn’t make it without it. The hardest thing for me is to ask for help, because I’m not what I once was. I’m used to helping people, not being helped.”

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