The Face of Hunger: Amber
When Amber and her boyfriend had their first child, they decided she would stay at home with the baby to sidestep costly child care. But going from two paychecks to one with a baby is more than they could handle.
So every month, Amber goes to a local food shelf to help make ends meet.
“The food shelf puts food in my refrigerator. On days like today, if you looked in the refrigerator or freezer, you won’t find anything in there but a couple of eggs.”
She says life isn’t always easy.
“Every day there’s something—whether it’s diapers or car repairs. This morning, we were supposed to go to the food shelf because our refrigerator is completely empty right now. But when my boyfriend went to go to work, his car wouldn’t start. So now we have car repairs on top of no groceries, and we can’t go to the food shelf because we have no car.”
She admits sometimes it gets her down.
“I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders—but I don’t let it affect my family. I have my moments when I’m in a room crying because we’re down, but you just have to take it one day at a time. In the end, you have to stay positive.”