Humans Against Hunger: Michelle
Michelle, a single mother of four, juggles being a parent, a personal care assistant and a full-time student working towards a degree in community development.
“I found out about the fresh produce distribution through my kids. They were riding their bikes past the church—we go to Gethsemane Lutheran Church—and saw all the food. They were so excited they called me at work to tell me about it. We have a five – seven fruits and vegetables a day rule in our house, which means they’ve grown up with fresh produce. It’s not always easy to afford.”
“Their dad passed away a few years ago, and overnight we went from a two-parent household to a single-parent house. Being a single mom is tough, but things are getting better. We have to do what we have to do to take care of our kids.”
“I love my church and I love my community, so I decided to volunteer here on Mondays and Fridays. We moved to the neighborhood a couple years ago, and live right down the street, so I can walk here. My youngest comes to help sometimes. It’s nice. There’s a lot of love here.”
“I’m going to Metropolitan State to get a degree in community development. I’m already certified to teach parenting classes. I have four kids ranging in age from 14 to 32. One kid is in college and another is just starting college in the fall. My whole family was born and raised on the north side of Minneapolis, so we have a lot of love and support here. Unfortunately, my lease is up soon, so I’m going to have to find another place to live. I don’t know where we’re going to go, but I trust that God will take care of us.”