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Last week I wrote to tell you about my own experiences as a mother and how that’s allowed me to identify with the families we help at Share Our Strength. With Mother’s Day less than a week away, I’m back to share an inspiring story of a mother named Lareese. With your help, we can help other moms like her and ensure their kids get connected to the nutritious meals they need to grow and thrive.
Every parent wants to be able to provide for their children, but, unfortunately, some struggle to put healthy meals on the table. Lareese, a recent dental assistant graduate looking for work, is also a single mother raising ten-year-old Ashanti and four-year-old Demont. They live in a small, low-income housing community in Maryland.
Like so many moms, Lareese worked hard to balance her limited resources from food assistance programs — like SNAP and WIC — to put food on the table for her family. Despite her best efforts, Lareese often found herself running short on groceries before their benefits renewed. Then she learned about Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters through her volunteer work at a local community center. The program teaches families like Lareese’s the skills they need to stretch their food budgets and to cook healthy and affordable meals at home. Now Lareese can better provide for her family and is a passionate advocate for the Cooking Matters program.
“Before, I would get maybe two things with my six-dollar WIC check,” says Lareese. “After taking the Cooking Matters class, I can triple the value of my WIC check and feel good about what I’m feeding my children. The program has changed my life.”
Today when Lareese goes shopping for her family, she takes the time to read ingredients and nutrition facts, compares unit prices and shops for the best deals. She believes that providing healthy meals for her family is one of the most important things she can do as a mother — and she wants to make sure Ashanti and Demont don’t grow up to have diabetes and high blood pressure.
Mothers like Lareese are critical to making sure their children are surrounded with healthy meals where they live, learn and play. You can help now by making a tax-deductible donation and sending a beautifully designed No Kid Hungry e-card to honor a mother in your life.
She will be so proud to know that your gift is not only celebrating all she’s done for you, but that you’re also paying it forward to another mother and family. Please send your Mother’s Day e-card now and help moms like Lareese make No Kid Hungry a reality.
Thank you for all that you do for the No Kid Hungry campaign. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!
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