“…help get all these children fed.” – Daysy, 18

January 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Daysy Padilla and her daughter, Yarali

On Daysy Padilla’s 18th birthday, she was at St. Ignatius Food Pantry for food assistance to nourish her two daughters.

“It’s hard when we run out of food. It’s all about the kids,” she said, gesturing toward 2-year-old Yarali, “They’re hungry!” Daysy lives with her mom, who works and helps support the girls.

Daysy is enrolled in an online school program, which allows her the flexibility she needs to finish high school at her own pace.

“I don’t like leaving the kids in daycare, and that stops me from doing a lot of things,” she says. “I would go to school, but I don’t want to leave them in daycare. I’s expensive.”

“Right now, we’re having some hard times,” said Daysy. “There aren’t any jobs; people don’t have money to buy food.” When we asked her what people should do, she said “I think the community should come together and help get all these children fed.”

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