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Selena's Story

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Our Health Matters - Stories of Coalition Equity's Impact


As a student and mother to three wonderful children, life often presents its unique challenges.

My family and I are immigrants in this country, striving to build a better life for ourselves. The absence of a support system in our new home makes it imperative for me to balance my academic pursuits while also tending to my children's needs. My husband works tirelessly to meet our modest needs, especially given the burden of high rent expenses.

The Hunger Project has proven to be an invaluable lifeline for my family. Upon returning from college, I am reassured to find nourishing meals that I can provide to my children, who return from school hungry.

Our limited income does not allow us the luxury of dining out, and the project's cooked meals have been a true blessing. This support not only eases our financial strain but also provides my children with the sustenance they need to thrive. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Coalition for Food and Health Equity for ensuring that, as a full-time student, I can come home after a long day of classes and find a wholesome meal prepared for my family. These nutritious meals give us the energy and strength to study and complete the rest of the day with determination and focus. I am committed to my studies, and I am determined to contribute to our family's journey towards a more stable and prosperous life.

The meals provided by the Hunger Project not only feed our bodies but also fuel our aspirations. They enable me to focus on my studies and work alongside my husband to create a brighter future for our children.

Thank you again for considering my story for the #OurHealthMatters campaign. I hope that my journey can inspire others to support this vital initiative that impacts the lives of families like mine.

Selena, 40, Newark, THP Client Since 2023

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