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Food insecurity isn’t a homeless or unemployed issue. For Steven, it’s a working poor issue.

Food insecurity isn’t a homeless or unemployed issue. For Steven, it’s a working poor issue.

“I don’t make that much money in today’s world. All the little jobs that I do is barely enough to put food on the table. I’m basically struggling.”

As a single father of 3 girls, he pieces together the essentials for a normal life.

“We have all of our needs, you know – our ceiling, and it’s not dripping or anything. There is water in our sink to wash our dishes. And we have our little bathroom and restroom and we can take showers and everything.”

Fortunately for Steven, there’s a soup kitchen nearby, providing a warm meal and bags of food for those in need.

“Many Meals is so awesome to help us out with our meals. At least once or even twice out of the week, we go and get food.”

As a single parent, Steven wears many hats, but his devotion to family fuels his drive.

“Communication is the best thing that a parent or even a single dad or mom would need. The girls are at the age of asking questions and I need to answer them. I have to be the mom and dad, or I have to be the psychologist, the nurse, the doctor, all in one person. But you’ve gotta keep going for the kids. Gotta do it.”

Stories like Steven’s are all too common. In fact, more than 36% of US workers who earn below the poverty line are food insecure.”

That’s why Dole Packaged Foods donates over 1 million pounds of food every year, helping stock local food banks. And ensuring everyone has access to healthy fruits.

If you’re in need or are willing to help, find a food bank near you at feedingamerica.org. Donate some food, some time, or ask them how you can make the biggest impact.

By working together, we can let sunshine in. And drive hunger out.

*Out of respect for privacy, we’ve changed names and faces in this article.