My husband, Daniel, and I are founders of Kidz Power Pacs. We were born and raised right in Berkeley County.
Returning from El Salvador in 2007, we began working with area churches and our schools in helping feed families that were recommended through the schools.
Stories were shared that children were coming in starving on Mondays, rush to the lunchrooms barely chewing their food, or hide rolls in their pockets to save for that night.
Doing ministry, we get many people who look solely for the negative, stating that it's the parents' fault or that they have food stamps.
Our response is that it's not the child's fault. The bottom line is that we have been called to feed them. In most cases we have witnessed, the parents are trying.
We know this because our family has been there. We were doing well until my husband became ill, almost passed away in 2010, had six surgeries throughout the year, lost our home and wondered where our next meal was coming from.
We were now one of "those" families we had been helping for years. We were unable to get help, as we fell in that "gray area" - zero income, yet we had too many assets to qualify.
There are stereotypes about those living off the system. There are some, but many more just needing a hand up, a little hope and knowing someone cares enough to help.