Why did I start BetterALife Inc.?
I was a child of Hunger myself. In the mornings I would wake up so hungry. I couldn't wait to leave to get to Highs Store now 7-11 and sit outside and ask people for quarters. With these I would get a extra large hot cocoa and junk food. Most days I would always skip lunch at school as my mom didn't fill out the paperwork for free lunch. I remember one day I tried to grab a French fry from a friend and I believe she must have also been really hungry as she smacked my hand away. Mortified I played it off as if I was just teasing her. Smelling food was never fun as I knew it wasn't for me. I eventually rebelled as a teen, acted up, I was kicked out of my apartment with my mom over and over again from home and finally dropped out of school in the 9th grade. My mother was all too happy to sign me out of high school as I am pretty sure she was tired of kicking me out of her house by this point. I never told anyone I was hungry. I was ashamed.
My job was a hostess at Chilis bar and grill. I worked doubles for free food any chance I could get, as working only a single shift I would only get half discount. I knew this couldn't be it. Growing up with very few and always smelly clothes, and no food and always sad there had to be more. So I worked my rear off. I eventually got my GED, went to college and now work in Security in the Federal sector as my full time job. BetterALife Inc. was not created for income. It was created to make sure no child goes hungry, aches in the morning, afternoon and night and feels like giving up because there is never anything for them.
BetterALife Inc takes a different approach to feeding the hungry. We go door to door, we go to the schools and work with the school staff, and we try to make it as personal as possible to show the children there is someone who cares, and will feed them without income limits, we do not limit to one or two pick ups a week or month. BetterALife will feed anyone, anytime someone says I am Hungry.
Learn more about us and some facts of hunger and needs.
Fact: Due in part to COVID-19, almost 17 million children - thats 1 in every 4 kids - do not know where they will get their next meal.
To help the children eat, BetterALife Inc has given out over 2000Lbs of food in less than one year since the start of our new door to door lunch giving because of YOU!!
Child Hunger in Loudoun County
Per Loudoun's Community Foundation - Loudoun's child food insecurity rate is 9.5% or approximately 9,660 children. * Of these children: 66% are likely INELIGIBLE for federal nutrition programs due to income limitations*
Per Feeding America - Facts about poverty and hunger in America
Even in the world’s greatest food-producing nation, children and adults face poverty and hunger in every county across America.
In 2019, 34 million people lived in poverty in America. For a family of four, that means earning just $25,000 per year.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 35 million people faced hunger in the United States, including more than 10 million children.
A household that is food insecure has limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.
Children are more likely to face food insecurity than any other group in the United States.
The coronavirus pandemic has left millions of families without stable employment. More than 42 million people, including 13 million children, may experience food insecurity.
What is BetterALife Doing to help
Since Covid we moved from writing checks to the schools to pay off past due lunch accounts and adding a positive balance, as the school system switched to all Free Breakfast, lunch and dinner for each child enrolled only. In exchange we starting packing up lunches each month.
We in going on one year for a company making just a few thousand per year have supplied over 2,000 Lbs of food and will be over $10,000 in food costs just this year alone.
We will be giving out just in July 2021 this summer around $6,000 dollars in food at one single event, and over $4,000 in new book bags with school supplies for the children to start a new school year off feeling confident.
We also still partner with local Title 1 schools and send Food Gift cards to the principals to pass out to families they know are in need of food for their homes and children.
Please become a monthly sponsor today so we can keep doing what we are doing and growing.
We have already made plans with a Fairfax county school for the upcoming year to start helping there as well. The children need your help. Its not their fault they are hungry. Let's show them they are not forgotten, and help them to succeed.