Day after day this past summer, two teen-age siblings showed up for lunch at the Phoenix Family Housing community center inside the East Hills complex.
They didn’t stay for the programs, just long enough to eat. Jessica Beha knew something was up, but for a while the two weren’t willing to share.
Finally, the 16-year-old girl was straight up with Beha, the service coordinator at East Hills.
“Miss Jessica, we don’t have any food at home.”
Beha discovered that the family’s electricity had been cut off. Even if they had food, they wouldn’t have any way to keep perishable items cold.
So many times, hungry or needy families don’t ask for help. There’s pride involved, Beha said. In some cases, people just don’t want others to know their business.
“But the kids, they often will be honest with you,” she said. “They’ll tell you they are hungry.”
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