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  • Traci McDonough - July 16, 2018

    I just saw your story on Channel 6 news and I was impressed. As a single mom and recipient of only $30/month food stamps, and with no way to get to a food pantry, I’ve always wished someone with some money would try to eat on this budget and see what it’s like.
    I used to have a lucrative job and plenty of money to provide, that is until I suffered a catastrophic brain injury. Suddenly I was unable to provide as I once had and sadly, became dependant upon charity and the government. It’s no way to raise a child, or even an adult, and I became so dismayed and discouraged that I truly wanted to die. It makes me very glad to know that someone is at least going to attempt to live like poor people must; even if by eating only one meal per day, they’re likely eating more than those of us who are trying to live in poverty. At least someone is trying to gain empathy into a situation that should not exist in a first world country.
    My sister-in-law comes from one of the poorest places in Thailand and even she, who never wanted for food, is appalled at the price of healthy food in the United States. That should say something, but perhaps no one is listening. I don’t know, but I truly appreciate the efforts of those going for the one meal a day plan and trying to relate to those of us who are lucky to get one healthy meal a week for not only our children, but ourselves, too.
    A body that’s filled with GOOD nutrition is much better able to raise healthy children. This, I promise you!
    Thank you for your efforts!

  • Merlin Gonzales - July 23, 2018

    Traci, thank you for posting your story. I am sorry to hear about your situation. I grew up in the Philippines. The reality of what’s happening with the food insecure in this rich country is mind-boggling. In metro Indy alone, it was reported in 2013 that there are 80,000 children who go to bed hungry and even more during summer. Indiana ranks worst in food desert and 9th in the hungriest state. This is why there are 30 ambassadors in 4 states who are joining efforts together in raising the awareness. God bless you!

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