What would you do with a million dollars?

December 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

Elizabeth, 9, says she would give half to the Boys and Girls Club of South Austin and half to other charities. She lives with her parents and three younger siblings.

She says one of the happiest moments in her life was when she met her father, previously incarcerated, for the first time at the age of four. “As soon as he came home,” she recalls, “he picked me up and twirled me around.”

When we asked her how she likes the food at Kids Cafe, a CAFB sponsored program, she says “It’s yummy! The Food Bank puts a lot of time into delivering it.” If there wasn’t a Kids Cafe, she says “I would feel like they didn’t care about us. I probably wouldn’t come to Boys and Girls Club anymore. They know we’re hungry after school.”

Elizabeth hopes to be a doctor or a nurse someday (her mom is currently training to be a nurse). She’s in elementary school and says she is often hungry during the day. “When I miss breakfast, I’m hungry all day,” she says. “I feel grumpy like the Grouch in the trash can on Sesame Street.”

Can you imagine what it’s like to be food insecure? To not know when or where your next meal will come from? Do you know someone that’s experienced or experiencing hunger? We love to hear your stories. Share your comments with us below.


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