Comments from: Christine A.
I was 21 when I became pregnant with my son. I was scared. I didn’t feel ready. I had a part time job at a clothing store and just enrolled in my first semester of college. That job did not last, but I can’t say I wanted it to. As far as school goes, I knew I wanted to do something that made a difference in people’s lives but I wasn’t sure what that would look like.
I am now the mother of a 4 year-old superhero enthusiast and a beautiful baby girl. I am working on a social work degree and I love the work I am doing. I started my internship at Missoula Food Bank in January, and I see people in the store living with similar circumstances. We are trying. We experience the unexpected, but many of us don’t have the money to fall back on when those things happen. Moving up is not a reality for everyone, for many reasons. I still need help getting food for my family. We have used WIC and we still use SNAP to help us get food month to month. Being a student I feel the pressure of wanting to make money to provide for my children, but if I were to quit school now I would further limit what jobs I can have in the future. If I chose to take on a job, I would risk a decrease in SNAP while having to pay more in childcare and thus spending even less time with my children. I am thankful for the resources we have but it is a hard balance to keep.
Working at the food bank, I can help advocate for social justice. I can support people facing food insecurity by providing access to food and referring them to resources. I am able to learn more about systemic issues of poverty, oppression and hunger, and ways we can build community and effect change.
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