Child hunger in our community is a serious issue. 1 in 5 kids in our community is at risk of missing a meal today. On this page, read some brief quotes from some Minnesota families facing hunger—some right here in the South Washington County area.

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People need to realize poverty looks different in Amer

ica. We don

t look a certain way.

You think of people in other countries, and they have 

distended bellies. We

re just trying 

to feed our kids.

- Abbey

 

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“Going a long time without eating so you are hungry. Sometimes there is no food around to eat and I get hungry.”
- Penny*, sixth grade

*Name changed

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I see students trying to take two oranges during lunch so 

they have something on the 

weekend. When students come to school Thursday and Friday, 

you can see a difference 

in their demeanor because you know they

re concerned about whether or not they

ll be

getting three square meals on the weekend - at least a

t school they know they

ll have 

food.

- Cyndy

 

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I was laid off at the end of 2014. I went from spend

ing $200 at the grocery store every 

10 days to needing help. The school pantry has helped ma

ke that up.