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Share Your Story

Your story is a powerful tool in the fight against hunger and its root causes.

Sharing your story with the community brings people together and inspires change.  It allows you to have a voice and tell your leaders, news makers, friends, family, and peers what it’s really like to experience difficulty getting food.  Tell us how you’ve experienced hunger in your life.  We will post your stories here for members of the community to read.

If you’re not sure what to write about, you could tell us a story about your experience with any of the following issues:

  • Accessing emergency food
  • Losing your job in this tough economy
  • Having trouble making ends meet
  • Working for wages that don’t support your family
  • Difficulty with medical bills
  • Difficulty affording rent
  • Being homeless
  • Being hurt by predatory banking, lending or business practices
  • How you’ve benefited from community food systems like farm-to-school and community garden programs
  • Difficulty accessing food or services where you live
  • Living with a disability and waiting for SSI or SSDI benefits
  • Challenges you’ve encountered as a Western Massachusetts resident and/or farmer
  • A time when cash assistance helped you get back on your feet
  • How you benefited from SNAP (food stamps), child nutrition programs (WIC, school breakfast and lunch, summer food, etc.), or WIC/senior farmers market coupons
  • A memorable experience you had as a Food Bank of Western Massachusetts advocate or volunteer

 

*Only first names and last initials will be published.  Names will be omitted if “anonymous” box is checked.