Single Mom-Of-Four Went Without Food For A Week So She Could Feed Her Children
August 10, 2019 01:56 By Mambee
Being a single mom is tough: it is like being on a constant emotional and financial rollercoaster. You have to be a great parent and at the same time, you are responsible for fulfilling your family's basic needs: shelter and food.
We tend to take life conveniences for granted, assuming that such a simple thing as food is always available. However, some people can't agree with that.
Single mother went hungry for a week
One mother from Liverpool shared her heartbreaking story with ECHO, telling how much she struggled to feed her kids, going for a whole week without eating a morsel.
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The single mom of four said:
I was paying money out and there was hardly anything left to go shopping. I was threatened with eviction. And having four kids, ensuring I had somewhere to live became more of a priority than getting nice healthy food.
Her story inspired many people to help ECHO with the charity program Share Your Lunch.
The mother was left alone with four children, two of them with autism and in need of special treatment. Since her partner abandoned her with kids, she struggled to find money to cover their basic needs. However, the problems kept piling up.
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At times, she would not eat for a week so that her kids could have a meal. The single mother was depressed and broken, as she felt desperate to have any help.
When family support workers came, they found no food in her home, so the woman had to lie:
She literally went through my cupboards and there was nothing there. She asked me when my shopping was coming and I lied – telling her my home delivery was six hours late. I did admit to it in the end. But I didn’t have anything – nothing whatsoever.
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She added that the situation got even worse around the holidays, especially Christmas. When other kids receive gifts, she is terrified that her own would be bullied by others for being so poor.
Then, the mother started using food banks. Watching her children having a good lunch was heartwarming!
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Mothers sacrifice many things to give children a decent life. But sometimes it can be really hard.
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How many families have the same pain? We can do everything possible to help people in such situations. Every person deserves to have food and shelter. Taking a small step toward helping struggling families can mean everything to them. If you know a family who is in need, and you can help, do it. Even small steps can change the world for the better.