Month: July 2018

“If we can just make it to the end of the summer, we’ll be alright.”

Summertime is an expensive time for Northwest North Carolina families, and even families above the poverty line feel the burden of childcare and must come to creative solutions to cover their basic needs. The following is a guest blog post written by Zac Shuford of Guilford County. Zac is a mechanic and a father, and talks about the incredible expense of childcare during the summer, and how it impacts families struggling to make ends meet. I walk with my hands up in front of my face. Up the four stairs in my garage to the door into my kitchen....

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Taking Worry Off a Mother’s Plate: FNS Outreach at Second Harvest

Recently, a mother contacted Second Harvest Food Bank to ask for help signing up for SNAP (food stamps). We are going to call her Heidi, to protect her identity. She had never applied before and had many questions about the program. Sonsera Kiger, the food bank’s Food and Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator, spoke with Heidi. “I learned that this mother had two children–one who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and one who is demonstrating neuro-typical development–both under age 5,” said Sonsera. “This mom is unable to work due to her daughter’s special needs. Although her husband works full-time, the...

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