As a newly single dad, Ken experienced some tough times as the sole provider.
“The recession hit and I was laid off. I ended up getting a job pumping gas. I was only making minimum wage. At the end of the month I would think: ‘I’ve paid the babysitting costs. I’ve paid the rent. Now how do I feed and clothe these kids?’ I didn’t have any money for groceries.”
Overcoming hardship is exponentially more challenging when you are worried about providing the basic necessities for you and your family.
Did you know…? 22% of single-parent households access food programs regularly. About one in six BC children under the age of 18 live in households experiencing some level of food insecurity (15.6%).
Hunger involves a lot of hard choices that can be more difficult for families with children where parents are forced to choose between buying food and paying the bills.
“I never understood what the phrase ‘the working poor’ meant until being placed in that situation.”
Investing in food security for our community ensures people have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs for an active, healthy life.
Donors like you are helping parents like Ken provide the basic necessities for their children even in times of financial instability. Your gift is what powers United Way’s crucial work in our community.
You can support programs that help families: • access affordable and nutritious food • experience decreased stress during times of instability • grow knowledge and skills regarding food literacy • access emergency food provisions • maintain safe, stable and affordable housing.
Show your local love and help nourish families in our community. Donate today!