Faces of Hunger: Meet Emma

Emma, 8, appreciates the Kids Cafe meals that she receives at the Boys & Girls Club because she doesn’t always have food to eat at home.

“If I didn’t come to the Kids Cafe after school, I would probably be hungry at home,” she says.

Her mom works in the evening and doesn’t always have time or enough food to cook a full meal beforehand. Emma knows what it’s like to be hungry, “If you don’t eat, your stomach gets hurt, and you don’t have enough food or energy.”

She loves to dance, play soccer, and play with her friends, activities that require healthy food as fuel.

“My favorite vegetables are lettuce and peas,” she tells us. The Kids Cafe at the Boys & Girls Club Ironbound provides Emma with nutritious food each day to help her maintain her active lifestyle.

Look around. Hunger is everywhere, right here where we live, and it doesn’t look like you think. It impacts our neighbors, colleagues, and friends, though they work hard to make ends meet. Your support makes a real difference in their lives. Click here to make a gift to help neighbors in need, like Emma.