The Face of Hunger: Amber

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June 3, 2015 By: Sara Blair - Senior Communications Coordinator Category: Testimonial Tags: working families, client story

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.Amber photo

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.”


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Submitted by a good samaritan at: May 17, 2018
This is dated 2015. Any updates from Amber and her baby?
Submitted by Encouraging Stranger at: December 7, 2017
Hang in there Amber and Family. Nothing is easy sometimes but keep a positive attitude as much as possible. I Pray that God will guide you through these tough times and to a brighter future with your family. "Things turn out the best for those who make the best of they way things turn out" - John Wooden

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