Cristina is a single mother who struggled to put food on the table for her family:
“I didn’t have enough food for my children and for myself. My children would always ask – “Mom, aren’t you having dinner?” I would always reply that I wasn’t feeling well. Little did they know I didn’t have enough food to feed us all.”
Cristina was hospitalized as a result of poor nutrition. She weighed just 72 pounds.
When her children came to visit her in the hospital, Cristina could see the fear and concern in their eyes.
“Katelin, the apple of my eye, stuck to me like it was the last hugs and kisses she would ever receive from me. When my children left my bedside, a police officer approached me and asked what had happened. After hearing my conversation with my children, he said I was a beautiful person and my children were amazing”.
Cristina began to open up about her struggles and the officer, incredibly moved by her story, referred her to a United Way funded program - Cecil’s Kitchen. Over the next few days, he continued to check up on Cristina, urging her to seek support during this difficult time.
When Cristina left the hospital, she reached out to Cecil’s Kitchen. The staff were kind and welcoming right from the start - it wasn’t long before this program became a second home for Cristina and her children.
“My life has changed. My children and I are able to get hot meals, backpacks and school supplies. Today, I walk through these doors with a smile on my face and my head held high because I know on the other side of the room there are kind, loving and strong-willed people to help me and my family through this journey”.
Cristina is truly grateful for the support she continues to receive: “From the bottom of my heart and my children’s hearts...thank you.”
Because of you, Cristina and her kids have access to nourishing meals three times a day, 365 days a year.