Texan Voices of Hunger | Feeding Texas

Texan Voices of Hunger | Feeding Texas


[music] It was knowing that, you know, I had to make
a meal, and I didn’t have enough. So I just basically cooked that day just so
that my kids could eat. [chuckles] I made sure they ate. We tried to make it, hence we cut back what we could, do what we could
that um it got to a point where we couldn’t make the necessity bills with everything we were cutting back. I’ll pretend that it’s [camera] not there. [off camera] So can you state your name for me? Rosa Perez. I’m Karen Dodson. I’m Lisa. I’m Amanda Ague- first or last name? Yeah, both. Oh okay. Amanda Agurro. And can you tell me a little bit about yourself? I have two daughters they keep me very busy. That’s okay. I come and volunteer whenever I get a chance. I love to do the family dining. I’ve done it month after month for the entire
summer of 2015. Gotta start with the positive before I go
into the negative. I actually had a worker’s comp accident, a
year and a half ago and… after they closed it I was let go from my job. In April my husband had an accident and in
September he was put on worker’s comp to where now we just had the one income. And never in my life have I ever been in a
situation where I really needed help and it And it took every ounce of my pride to walk through
y’all’s door. And after doing that it took all the courage
I had to admit the situation I was in. I’m a stay at home mom raising my two daughters,
on my own for the moment. I’m a double amputee.
I wear prosthetics on both legs. Most of my health issues are mental health
and um… orthopedic. I’m disabled, I don’t have a job like many
others here, you know, it’s a very tight existence. To be a little different, I had a job where
I worked 25 years, a really good job and then I lost it, the store closed down. So that my income level was way off from what it
used to be. So then it was kind of like struggly there,
you know? I mean it still is. You know, I have health issues and other things going
on so… Well, I’m being limited, should I say, I’ve
been limited on funds and limited on what I can buy. I’ve been hungry off and on all my life so
I was existing on $80 a month for food. You didn’t really have nothing but bread in
the house and… what do you do? Do you feed yourself? Do you feed your spouse? And I would do without to feed my spouse. It was a big help, the food assistance and
in all honesty I came to a point, like in my life right now that I’m okay with where I’m at and I haven’t needed to get assistance, for maybe about, maybe a year. And but no, before that though it was a big
blessing to be able to come in once a month or you know when my appointment time was and… I mean my kids would look forward to coming. Oh they came in and went shopping with you? Yes, they would come in, come shopping. This is a facility that services many types
of people regardless of what they’ve done and everything else, so don’t be scared. And from the moment I walked in the door,
y’all never judged me, my family, my situation and came forth and helped me. And it’s just very comforting to know you’re
not the only one out there, that has problems. And your situations can help someone else
because we’re all human, you know? At one point we were not in this situation but there
are emergencies or whatever. You just you get in these situations not willingly,
it just happens. And then it’s kinda like ‘what do I do?’ and
when you share your stories with somebody else everybody’s story helps someone. I used to get foods and that kind of supplement. I don’t make a lot of money because I have
to take care of my grandson, my time’s limited as far as what I can work so that tremendously
helps me. With the shopping and also the interactions. With my grandson coming here too with the other children and positive atmosphere. Oh, I’m getting mushy. [off screen] That’s okay. [chuckles] It helps me (voice breaks). I’m glad it helps you, that’s what we’re here
for.

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