Multiplying the Impact of Food and Housing Relief

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Multiplying the Impact of Food and Housing Relief

by Ricardo Benavidez
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A mother and son pick up healthy provisions at a Second Harvest Food Bank distribution.

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:35am

When you have a regular paycheck, a roof over your head, your health, and a fully stocked refrigerator, it’s easy to focus on other activities of daily living.

But when you lack one or all of these things, your focus is on surviving.

I know all this from first-hand experience. As a child, I helped my mom, who doesn’t speak English, apply for public assistance in times of great family need. I had to research and complete, on behalf of my parents, food, health, and unemployment forms and job applications, translating them from English to Spanish and vice versa. We used buses to go from one agency to the next, and sometimes going back and forth to the same organization. There was no one to point us the right way or direct us around pitfalls, as we worked toward stabilizing our day-to-day lives, and eventual self-sufficiency and economic independence.

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Keywords: Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives | Cisco | Food Bank | Second Harvest | Social Impact & Volunteering | cisco csr | csr | hunger relief | public assistance