Parents are a haven of peace for their children, two pillars of reference who constantly take care of them. A good parent knows in their heart that they will do anything for a child, even give up their own food to feed him. In these dark times, when the financial crisis seems to be hitting the most vulnerable the hardest, there are families struggling to put food on the table.
Kate Worby and her partner, Charlie Skudder, two 29-year-olds from Devon (UK), are facing such a difficult situation that they have had to sacrifice their own meals in order to feed their three young children. It’s a truly dramatic situation that no one should ever have to face.
Although Kate and Charlie have three jobs, this is by no means enough to counter the soaring cost of living and cover their monthly expenses. Kate works as a caregiver and housekeeper, as well as a children’s entertainer, while Charlie is a college student who also works as a parking attendant.
The two have three children – Alice, eight, Oliver, four, and Edward, one – and have decided to go without their own food in order to ensure a hot meal for the children each day. A truly frustrating and ᴛʀᴀɢɪᴄ situation in which Kate and Charlie only allow themselves one meal a day – usually leftovers from the children’s dinner or cheese toast, which they often have to share. Regarding lunch and breakfast, the couple simply have a cup of tea. Once, they said that they had not eaten for three days in order to put something under their children’s teeth.
It is clear that this extremely poor diet leads to chronic fatigue, both physical and mental, and some health problems, fortunately not serious.
Typically, Kate and Charlie spend £60 a week on groceries, which mainly include fruit and vegetables. For the others, outside of work, they are ready for anything, even to sell their clothes.
“I would even sell clothes, which I often do, to provide for my children’s needs. As parents, we all make all the cuts and all the sacrifices to make sure they get everything they need. If you’re in need, talking to schools or child care centers can help. They can offer food stamps and advice,” the mom said.
The young mother went on to describe the ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ situation she and her partner found themselves in. “We are doing the best we can at a very difficult time and it is not us parents who are to blame. Our guilt is bad enough without people condemning us for having a family. No one could have predicted what a ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ situation we were going to find ourselves in, no matter how many children we had. It has not always been like this for us, nor for many families whose cases are similar to ours. Our children will not suffer from this situation, their safety and their physical and mental well-being are our priority,” she added.
We hope that this family will soon be able to receive all the help they need and get out of this ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ condition of poverty.